After its world premiere in 2020 at the Venice International Film Festival, Philippe Lacôte’s ‘Night of the Kings’ is set to be released in the UK on July 23rd and a new trailer has dropped to celebrate.
When a young man (first-timer Koné Bakary) is sent to an infamous prison, located in the middle of the Ivorian forest and ruled by its inmates, he is chosen by the boss ‘Blackbeard’ (Steve Tientcheu, BAFTA and Academy-Award nominated LES MISÉRABLES) to take part in a storytelling ritual just as a violent battle for control bubbles to the surface. After discovering the grim fate that awaits him at the end of the night, Roman begins to narrate the mystical life of a legendary outlaw to make his story last until dawn and give himself any chance of survival.
Written and directed by Philippe Lacôte, the film went on to feature at the Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Festival that same year. It was Ivory Coast’s official submission for the 2021 Academy Awards.
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The film hits UK cinemas on July 23rd.