“One of the finest animation films of 2018.
An astonishing, sensitive and original stop-motion work that eschews time and subtly drifts between reality and illusion as it explores the crushed dreams and lives caused by the disastrous, brutal and inhuman effects of colonialism on both the innocent and the guilty, the good and the awful.”
– Chris Robinson, Animation World Network

“An intriguing, disturbing film,
utterly unlike American studio animation”
– Charles Soloman, Los Angeles Times

Festivals and Awards:
Directors’ Fortnight – Cannes 2018
Telluride Film Festival – 2018
TIFF – Special Jury MentionAnimafest
Zagreb – Best Feature Film Grand Prix
Ottawa Animation Film Festival – Feature Grand Prix

This Magnificent Cake! ~ Ce magnifique gâteau! (original Title)

Not rated 

Runtime: 1:30

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Tickets on sale Tuesday, April 16th at 10:30 am online and at the Bear Tooth box office!

No showtimes currently scheduled.

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.

In Dutch, French, Aka, and Malinke with English subtitles.

To present the main feature, 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.

Oh Willy... (2012), Marc James Roels & Emma de Swaef, 17 min., No dialogue