This Magnificent Cake!

Opens May 27, 2019

MAY 27-29 ONLY!

This Magnificent Cake! (Ce magnifique gâteau!) is an unforgettable work of stop-motion 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. 44 min.

"My favorite film of the year." (Barry Jenkins, director of If Beale Street Could Talk)


Plays with:

The Burden (Min börda)

A dark musical enacted in a modern market place, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is a tempting liberator. A film by Niki Lindroth von Bahr handpicked by This Magnificent Cake! directors. In Swedish with English subtitles. Sweden. 2017. 14 min.

The Burden trailer


Oh Willy

Following the death of his mother, Willy returns to the naturists community where he was raised. Melancholic when facing his memories, Willy decides to run away in the nature where he finds the maternal protection of a big hairy animal. A film by Marc James Roels & Emma de Swaef. 2012. 17 min.

Oh Willy trailer