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La Nuit des Rois

La Nuit des Rois

Philippe Lacôte

France, Côte d’Ivoire, Canada, Senegal | 2020 | Genre: Drama | second feature film | running time: 93’

"A gripping and seductive film that sharply veers off the beaten track."
Fabien Lemercier - Cineuropa

TFL Awards

TFL Audience Design Fund 2019 (€ 40.000)
consultancy with TFL experts Greta Nordio and Riema Reybrouck - online, July 2020

with the support of the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union

festivals & awards

Orizzonti, Venice Film Festival 2020


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.


original title

La Nuit des Rois




France, Côte d’Ivoire, Canada, Senegal

running time


produced by

Banshee Films – France

in co-production with

Wassakara Productions – Côte d’Ivoire
Peripheria – Canada
Yennenga Production – Sénégal

directed by

Philippe Lacôte

written by

Philippe Lacôte, Delphine Jaquet


Memento Films International

Subjected to the power of the kingpins, a young man is forced to tell stories to the other prisoners.
TFL Programmes

Script&Pitch 2016

TFL Awards

TFL Audience Design Fund 2019

Philippe Lacôte

Film Director