Sun 18 - Tue 20 Jul

Night of the Kings

Cert. 15

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La Nuit des rois

93 mins

FRA | Ivory Coast | 2020 | dir. Philippe Lacôte, with Koné Bakary, Steve Tientcheu, Rasmané Ouédraogo, Issaka Sawadogo

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. Winner of Best Foreign Film at the African-American Film Critics Association and the Black Film Critics Circle Awards, Night of the Kings is a celebration of oral traditions. ‘Through La Nuit des rois, we realise that Africa is perhaps the very last antique theater of today, where tragedy and stakes of power unfurl in a raw, frontal and eminently visual manner.’ comments its director Philippe Lacôte.

Preview screenings on 18 & 20 July will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with director Philippe Lacôte

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