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. Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and Telluride Film Festival.
This Magnificent Cake.
GKIDS Films, 2018.; [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2020.
Title from title frames.; Film; In Process Record.
Gaston Motambo, Jan Decleir, Wilm Willaert
Originally produced by GKIDS Films in 2018.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
De Swaef, Emma, film director.; James Roels, Marc, film director.; Motambo, Gaston, actor.; Decleir, Jan, actor.; Willaert, Wilm, actor.
GKIDS Films (Firm), dst; Kanopy (Firm), dst