La nuit des rois

Philippe Lacôte

IFFR 2021

IFFR Youth Jury Award
  • 93'
  • France
  • 2020

A young man arrives at a critical moment in the impressive La Maca jail, deep in the forest outside the city of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire. Tradition dictates that when there’s an eclipse of the moon, a ‘Roman’ has to be chosen – someone who will entertain the other inmates throughout the night with a tall story. The boss among the prisoners nominates the most recent arrival as the chosen one. If his fellow prisoners aren’t captivated by his story until sunrise, he will be put to death.

Philippe Lacôte from Côte d’Ivoire has a background in radio and audio plays, so he knows the value of a well-told tale. In this, his second feature film, he is able to play in inventive ways with the art of storytelling – never a one-way street in La Maca. Here, it is much more a tense interplay between narrator and listener, involving dance, combat, song, poetry and prose.

Winner IFFR Youth Jury Award, IFFR 2021

Director
Philippe Lacôte
Countries of production
France, Côte d'Ivoire, Canada
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
93'
Medium
DCP
International title
Night of the Kings
Languages
French, Dioula
Producers
Delphine Jaquet, Ernest Kouamé Konan, Yanick Létourneau
Production Companies
Banshee Films, Wassakara Productions, Peripheria
Sales
Memento Films International
Screenplay
Philippe Lacôte
Cinematography
Tobie Marier Robitaille
Editor
Aube Foglia
Production Design
Samuel Teisseire
Music
Olivier Alary
Cast
Koné Bakary, Steve Tientcheu, Rasmané Ouédraogo, Issaka Sawadogo, Digbeu Jean Cyrille, Abdoul Karim Konaté, Anzian Marcel