Night of the Kings
Film on Demand

Night of the Kings

May 1-31

In a modern day, West African twist on the legend of Scheherazade, a young prisoner must tell a story that lasts until dawn or pay the ultimate price.

20/21 Hop Film

NIGHT OF THE KINGS Official Trailer (2021) Drama, Fantasy Movie HD

"La Maca," a notorious prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest, is ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, the Boss chooses a new, young prisoner to be the "Roman"  who must tell a story that lasts until dawn to the other prisoners, or suffer a terrible fate. This restless and beautiful film combines the mysticism and theatricality of Roman's tale with the grittiness and violence of the prison. Speaking to the history of violence in Côte d'Ivoire, Night of the Kings celebrates the power of stories to transmit culture in epic fashion. D: Philippe Lacôte, Côte d'Ivoire, subtitled, 2020, 1h33m.

"an assured, energetic piece of epic filmmaking"
—Roger Ebert

This event occurred as part of the 20/21 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

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