La Nuit des Rois (Night of the Kings)

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 to narrate the mystical life of the legendary outlaw named “Zama King” and has no choice but to make his story last until dawn.

Philippe Lacôte’s feature film “La Nuit Des Rois” pays tribute to the art of storytelling, and does so in the most mesmerizing way. Driven by its very own rhythm and choreography, the film adds one layer before uncovering another, celebrating the power of dreaming as a survival mechanism.

by Philippe Lacôte

France, Ivory Coast, Canada, Sénégal, 2020

French, Dioula, Nouchi (Ivorian slang)
(English subtitles)

93 min.

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