THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE! - GKIDS Films

THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE!

Now Playing in Select Theaters

THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE!

March 21, 2019

A film by Marc James Roels & Emma de Swaef

Belgium, France, The Netherlands, 2018, 44 min

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.

Now Playing in Select Theaters

US

ARIZONA
3/20 – 3/24 • FilmBar • Phoenix

ARKANSAS
4/22 • Bear Tooth Theatrepub • Anchorage

CALIFORNIA
3/21 – 3/24 • GLAS Animation Fest • Berkeley
3/28 • The Roxie • San Francisco

GEORGIA
3/13 • SCAD Lucas Theater • Savannah

HAWAII
3/31 • Honolulu Museum of Art • Honolulu

ILLINOIS
4/12 – 4/18 • Gene Siskel Film Center • Chicago

LOUISIANA
3/28 • Robinson Film Center • Shreveport

NORTH CAROLINA
3/29 – 4/4 • Carolina Theatre • Durham

NEW MEXICO
3/15 • CCA Cinematheque • Santa Fe

NEW YORK
3/15 • Cinemapolis • Ithaca
3/22 • Capitol Arts Complex • Rome
3/23 – 3/30 • Film Noir Cinema • Brooklyn

OHIO
3/15 • Gateway Film Center • Columbus
6/28 • Cleveland Museum of Art • Cleveland

OREGON
5/25 – 5/27 • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry • Portland

PENNSYLVANIA
3/22 – 3/24 • Zoetropolis • Lancaster
4/26 – 5/2 • Row House Cinema • Pittsburgh
7/17 • Bryn Mawr Film Institute • Bryn Mawr

VIRGINIA
3/23 • Alamo Drafthouse Winchester • Winchester

WASHINGTON
3/8 • SIFF Film Center • Seattle
3/28 •  Dragonfly Cinema • Port Orchard

WISCONSIN
4/4 – 4/11 • Wisconsin Film Festival • Madison

CANADA

ALBERTA
3/23 – 3/28 • The Globe • Calgary

ONTARIO
5/16 – 5/26 • PAC Film House • Ontario

 

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