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This Magnificent Cake March 28

14 February , 2019

Not Rated ((R Rating Equivalent))
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An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival, THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE! (CE MAGNIFIQUE GÂTEAU!) is an unforgettable work of stopmotion animation exploring the bitter milieu of Belgium-occupied Congo. In the late 19th century, keen to compete with other European imperial powers on the continent, King Leopold II of Belgium proclaimed, “I do not want to miss a good chance of getting us a slice of this magnificent African cake.” The subsequent occupation of the Congo would come to attract a contingent of servants, merchants and miscellaneous bourgeois driven by everything from insatiable greed to existential fear. From the intimate stories of these characters — many of whom pass through a luxury hotel in the middle of the jungle – emerges a greater narrative concerning the imperialist mentality. In a film by turns surreal, darkly comic and brutal, directors Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef ultimately turn their critical gaze on the colonists themselves in a work of stunning, mysterious beauty.

To round out the mid-length run time, we have built a special 75 min. theatrical program with shorts hand-picked by the filmmakers. This program includes:

The Burden (2017), Niki Lindroth von Bahr, 14 min., Swedish with English subtitles
This Magnificent Cake! (2018), Marc James Roels & Emma de Swaef, 44 min., Dutch, French, Aka, and Malinke with English subtitles
Oh Willy… (2012), Marc James Roels & Emma de Swaef, 17 min., No dialogue

Rating: Not Rated (R equivalent)
Runtime: 75 Minutes
Language: Various languages captioned In English when necessary
Venue: Cinema Capitol
Format: Digital Print