Marc James Roels

Marc James Roels (Johannesburg, 1978) studied animation at KASK in Ghent. His short film Mompelaar received a special prize at Clermont-Ferrand. In 2011, Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef made the animated film Oh Willy..., which won awards at more than a hundred festivals. In 2018, the duo followed this worldwide hit with the medium-length stop-motion film Ce magnifique gâteau!, which premiered in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the Cannes Film Festival.


A gentle, middle-aged man returns to the nudist colony he grew up in to visit his elderly mother. Her sudden death leaves Willy in a state of sadness. He soon finds himself lost in the midst of a savage wilderness, trying to find comfort.