LA NUIT DES ROIS

France, Côte d'Ivoire, Canada , Senegal

Synopsis

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 the other prisoners a story. 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.

Director's Biography

Philippe Lacôte grew up in Abidjan near a movie theatre – the «Magic». His work as a director has taken on several forms, before focusing in 2002 on the recent history of his country with ​CHRONICLES OF WAR IN THE IVORY COAST, a film on the edge between a documentary and a diary. It is followed by the ​feature film ​RUN, the story of a wandering madman, selected in Cannes Un Certain Regard 2014. This selection confirmed his talent as a filmmaker and revealed a new voice from the African continent. NIGHT OF THE KINGS (original title “La Nuit Des Rois”), his second feature, is a dive into the largest prison in West Africa, during a night of red moon.

FILMOGRAPHY:
2020 - NIGHT OF THE KINGS
2018 - SLAVERY ROUTES, doc. series, co-directed with Juan Gélas
2014 - RUN
2013 - TO REPEL GHOSTS, short
2008 - CHRONICLES OF WAR IN THE IVORY COAST, doc.
2006 - THE MESSENGER, short
2003 - CAIRO HOURS, doc.
2001 - AFFAIRE LIBINSKI, short
1996 - SOMNAMBULE, short
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Philippe Lacôte

Written by: Philippe Lacôte

Produced by: Delphine Jaquet, Yanick Létourneau, Ernest Kona, Yoro Mbaye

Cinematography: Tobie Marier Robitaille

Editing: Aube Foglia

Production Design: Samuel Teisseire

Costume Design: Hanna Sjödin

Make-Up & Hair: Soussaba Kouyaté

Original Score: Olivier Alary

Sound: Emmanuel Croset

Main Cast: Koné Bakary (Roman), Steve Tientcheu (Barbe Noir), Laetitia Ky (La Reine), Denis Lavant (Silence)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2021