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THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE!
Date: Tuesday, September 4th
Venue: Grand Hall
Time: 7:30 pm
Opening Programme – Special Screening

THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE!
Ce Magnifique Gâteau!
Emma de Swaef, Marc James Roels
Belgium, France, Holland, 2018, 44’



After an endless stream of awards and recognitions all over the world (including the Animanima 2012 Grand Prix) for the film Oh, Willy…, the Belgium couple Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels have created another exceptional piece: This Magnificent Cake!. The story of the film takes place in the colonial Africa at the end of 19th century, introducing the stories of five different characters: an agitated king, a middle-aged Pigmy who works in a luxurious hotel, a bankrupt businessman on an expedition, a lost porter and a young soldier who has deserted the army. Talking about possible influences on their inspiration, Marc and Emma say that they had watched films such as La Ronde and Le plaisir by Max Ofils and De Sica’s L’oro di Napoli, gradually shaping the way in which each character could be assigned his or her own narrative, so that all the stories when seen as on, could suggest a much more impressionist story of the time and place, something that the authors were in fact unable to envisage before the film was completed. The magnificent and almost surreal narration is fully in accord with the previous film on ‘noble savage’ Willy, with once again masterful animation of felted puppets. The exclusive screening for the opening of 12th edition of Animanima!







 
 
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