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8.2
/10
2,162 Ratings

This Magnificent Cake!

Ce magnifique gâteau!

Belgium, France, 2018
Animation, Short, Anthology

Synopsis

An anthology film set in colonial Africa in the late 19th century telling the stories of five 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.

Our take

Impressive for its intricate (woolen!) animation and for its piercing insight into colonialism’s cruelty, this short film follows five characters in the Belgian Congo during the 19th century. History’s atrocities are depicted through biting humor, and the result is unsettling yet fascinating.

This Magnificent Cake! Directed by Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels

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