Night of the Kings
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    Night of the Kings

    La nuit des rois

    Directed by

    France, Ivory Coast, Canada, Senegal

    2021

    93 min

    • French
    • Dioula

    Drama

    A young man is sent to "La Maca", a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest ruled by its inmates.As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, he is designated by the Boss to be the new"Roman" and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Learning what fate awaits him, he begins tonarrate the mystical life of the legendary outlaw named “Zama King” and has no choice but tomake his story last until dawn.

    Awards

    • Youth Jury award - IFF Rotterdam
    • CineVision Award - Filmfest München
    • Grand Prix - Fribourg IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Philippe Lacôte
    Cinematography
    Tobie Marier Robitaille
    Editing
    Aube Foglia
    Music
    Olivier Alary
    Sales
    MEMENTO FILMS INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    PERIPHERIA PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    WASSAKARA PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    BANSHEE FILMS

    Press

    This captivating hybrid of a movie mixes fairy-tale and storytelling elements with a vividly drawn backdrop of heightened realism.

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Philippe Lacôte

    Philippe Lacôte

    Ivory Coast

    Philippe Lacôte grew up in Abidjan near a movie theater called “Le Magic”. In 1989 he started as a radio reporter with a series of sound portraits on the fall of the Berlin Wall. Later, he made his first short films: THE MESSENGER and AFFAIRE LIBINSKI, which were shown at several international festivals.
    Alongside these narrative-driven fictions, he has developed, since 2002, documentary work through films written in the first person (CAIRO HOURS, CHRONICLES OF WAR IN THE IVORY COAST). His first feature film, RUN, is at the junction of these two approaches. RUN won the Jerusalem Film Lab Award, and was presented at the Un Certain Regard section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. His project NIGHT OF THE KINGS was selected for the Venice Gap-financing Market 2019.

    Selected Filmography