Night of the Kings
- France / Côte d'Ivoire / Canada / Senegal
- Directed by: Philippe Lacôte
- Cast: Bakary Koné, Steve Tientcheu, Jean Cyrille Digbeu, Rasmané Ouédraogo, Issaka Sawadogo, Abdoul Karim Konaté
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Spectacular, thrilling and absolutely unique, Night of the Kings is both an exhilarating tale of survival in one of the world's most dangerous prisons and a beautiful ode to the power of storytelling.
When a young man is sent to an infamous prison, located in the middle of the Ivorian forest and ruled by its inmates, he is chosen to take part in a storytelling ritual just as a violent battle for control bubbles to the surface. After discovering the grim fate that awaits him at the end of the night, Roman begins to narrate the mystical life of a legendary outlaw to make his story last until dawn and give himself any chance of survival.
'With "Night of the Kings" Lacte collapses the bounds between eras, and dissolves myth and reality, performance and remembrance, into one whole. It's an assured, energetic piece of epic filmmaking, one that celebrates how storytelling, oration, and folklore teach us about our past so we might change our present.' Roger Ebert
'This imaginative and unique Ivorian tale blends modern-day thriller dynamics with older storytelling traditions' The Guardian
Directed by Philippe Lacte International / Ivory Coast 2021 Run Time: 1'33"
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