At this year’s Sundance Film Festival, filmmaker Philippe Lacôte debuts his second feature length film Night of The Kings, an intensely dramatic story of a young man who must spin his own tale of magic, bygone eras and violence in order to survive his first night in prison. It premieres in the Spotlight program February 1st.
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.
Night of The Kings stars Denis Lavant, Issaka Sawadogo, Steve Tienchu and Koné Bakary, and was executive produced by David Oyelowo. Presented by NEON, it enters select theatres February 26th, and will be available on VOD March 5th.
Monday, Feb 1st at 3:00pm ET – Sundance Premiere
Tuesday, Feb 2nd, at 7:00am ET
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