Night of the Kings (2020)

Philippe Lacôte’s spellbinding act of cinematic storytelling is set in Ivory Coast’s infamous La MACA prison, where tradition dictates that a tale must be told as a red moon rises.

(…) Night of the Kings holds to a simple truth: that men need stories to interpret the world and make its cruelties bearable. The Ivorian cinematic tradition has been derailed in the recent past, following a coup d’état in 1999 and a series of civil wars until 2011. Lacôte’s film speaks to the country’s need to create stories, to make extraordinary films like this, that make sense of all they have endured.

Leila Latif,

The film is one of five nominees for Kino Regina’s Film of the Month for November. You can vote for your favourite on Kino Regina’s website.

  • Orig. title: La Nuit des Rois
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Distribution: Memento Films International
  • Cinematography: Tobie Marier-Robitaille
  • Editing: Aube Foglia
  • Music: Olivier Alary
  • Sound: Pierre-Jules Audet, Emmanuel Croset, Jean-Philippe St-Laurent, David Stanley-Pierre, Hubert Teissedre
  • Production design: Samuel Teisseire
  • Costume design: Hanna Sjödin
  • Make-up: Soussaba Kouyaté