This Magnificent Cake!
> Date Seen: 13th November 2018 <
This is the first in a series of special Film Reviews as part of the Manchester Animation Festival 2018 that I visited last week, Stay tuned for more on this wonderful festival.
When I first saw that this film was on at Manchester Animation Festival this year I was very excited to see the great felt puppets I had seen on Instagram come to life. Now I know what you’re thinking – this film is 44 minutes long that’s not a feature film length what’s going on here? – Well as discussed in the Q&A after the screening at the festival it is neither a short film of feature film – it is the rare medium film. And that isn’t the only unusual part to this film.
First of all the beautiful felt puppets that became rather famous in their previous film Oh Willy… (De Swaef & James Roels, 2012) did not disappoint, The texture and detail captured in these little felt puppets were wonderful as you can almost feel them as you see each strand of the material that forms around the features. These is also a great level of craft in the sets too, such precise looks that could have only been created with a great level of design and planning going on before the making.
Secondly the story line is definitely one that takes a while to absorb and you may never quite understand what is going on. But this patchwork tale of intertwining stories had me hooked from the start, if only to find out more about what I was shown. The film follows a group of characters in Colonial Africa in the late 19th Century.
The animation itself is beautiful throughout with a natural movement in the actions shot with perfect lighting that is rather breath-taking [the sort you can pause anywhere and it looks beautiful] Although of course mixing in the darker story lines of the time well with this soft style.
Overall this film is something anyone with an interest in animation or crafts would want to see for the artistry of it all. And for those of you that like working things out like Inception (Nolan, 2010) style films you will want to see this medium length film for it’s interesting storytelling style.
– Photograph in Feature Image © Ce Magnifique Gâteau! by Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels