“Night of the Kings” director Philippe Lacôte reflected on the creative flexibility required to make his film and the birth of a new cinematic industry in the Ivory Coast.
Lacôte spoke about his experiences putting together the cast. “Night of the Kings” is a drama fantasy pic that follows a young man who is sent to La Maca, a prison in the Ivory Coast in the middle of the forest that is ruled by its prisoners. With the red moon rising, he is designated by the Boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners in order to save his life.
The film, which is a coproduction of companies from France, Ivory Coast, Canada and Senegal, was selected as the Ivorian entry for the Academy Awards.
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