An anthology film set in colonial Africa in the late 19th century telling the stories of 5 different characters: a troubled king, a middle-aged Pygmy working in a luxury hotel, a failed businessman on an expedition, a lost porter and a young army deserter.
This Magnificent Cake! weaves together stories of people who pass through a luxury hotel in the middle of the African jungle and exposes the imperialist mentality.
Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef directed the film, which earned the Andre-Martin Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and the top feature animation prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.
“This Magnificent Cake! is like nothing I have ever seen before,” said David Jesteadt, GKIDS president. “It is a triumph of filmmaking and craftsmanship, to tell a story of such power and nuance through detailed stop-motion animation. As a critical examination of a dark legacy whose effects are still being felt today, this is a timely and provocative film that has already sparked conversations at film festivals around the globe.”
Starring: Jan Decleir, Bruno Levie, Paul Huvenne
Directed By: Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels