EN - 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.


Title This Magnificent Cake!
Original title Ce magnifique gâteau !
Original language Dutch, French, Aka, Malinke
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Animation
Genre Animated drama
Year 2018
World première / first public presentation 2018-02-14


Cast Jan Decleir, Wim Willaert, Goua Grovogui, Gaston Motambe, Angelo Tijssens, Sébastien Dewaele
Photography Marc James Roels
Editing Marc James Roels & Emma De Swaef
Sound Bram Meindersma
Art director Marc James Roels & Emma De Swaef
Music Bram Meindersma

Technical specs

Running time film 44'
Release format DCP
Other available formats ProRes 2k, HD1080
Sound format Stereo, Surround
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), The Tax Shelter from the Belgian Federal Government, Région Bretagne in partnership with CNC, Angoa, Netherlands Film Fund
Production partners Vivement Lundi !, Pedri Animation, ARTE France, Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée
Tax shelter partners Van Hecke Consult COMM. V., Basok BVBA

Two from Flanders selected for Directors Fortnight

Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels’ mid-length stop-motion animation film This Magnificent Cake! and Juanita Onzaga’s short documentary Our Song to War have been selected for the Directors Fortnight in Cannes (9-19 May).

This Magnificent Cake!The last film from Flanders to be selected for the Directors Fortnight was Gust Van den Berghe’s Blue Bird in 2011. The 50th edition will take place from 9-19 May, parallel to the main Competition.

Published on Tuesday 17 April 2018

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Last edited on 24 October 2018

Short info

Director Marc James Roels, Emma De Swaef
Producers Steven De Beul, Ben Tesseur, Koen Vermaanen
Writers Marc James Roels, Emma De Swaef

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