La Nuit des Rois
La Nuit des Rois
La Nuit des Rois
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La Nuit de rois

Night of the Kings
Philippe Lacôte
France, Côte D'Ivoire, Canada, Senegal 2020
93min
V'20

Set in a prison ruled by the inmates in a forest in the Ivory Coast, LA NUIT DES ROIS tells the story of a young man who must entertain the older prisoners by making up stories until the sun rises. He is following the tradition of the "griot", as described by African-American intellectual and author Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his book "The Signifying Monkey". Deeply rooted in West Africa, this is the practice of poetic storytellers and musicians, who keep up oral traditions by their specific use of myths and language. Director Philippe Lacôte references this tradition, while also grasping the prison, the biggest in the country, as a microcosm of society. The young inmate has to make up stories that consist of tall tales, fantasy, and elements taken from real life. Just like Sheherezade, he'll be killed if his yarns ever come to an end. Peter Debruge writes that the film "feels radically different from most films set behind bars, and not just because of its one-of-a-kind location." Philippe Lacôte understands his film in a broader sense as a powerful metaphor: "Through LA NUIT DES ROIS, we realize 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." (Pier Paolo)

Philippe Lacôte: CHRONIQUES DE GUERRE EN CÔTE D’IVOIRE (2008), AFRICAN METROPOLIS (2013), RUN (2014), SLAVERY ROUTES (2018, TV-Serie)

Credits
  • Koné Bakary - Roman
  • Steve Tientcheu - Barbe Noire / Blackbeard
  • Rasmané Ouédraogo - Soni
  • Issaka Sawadogo - Nivaquine
  • Digbeu Jean Cyrille - Demi Fou / Half-Mad
  • Abdoul Karim Konaté - Lass
  • Anzian Marcel - Lame de rasoir / Razor Blade
  • Laetitia Ky - La Reine / The Queen
  • Denis Lavant - Silence
  • Philippe Lacôte
  • Pierre-Jules Audet
  • Emmanuel Croset
  • Tobie Marier Robitaille
  • Aube Foglia
  • Olivier Alary
Banshee Films, Wassakara Productions, Peripheria, Yennenga Production

Memento Films International

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