La Nuit des Rois Selected for the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals

Axia Films and Péripheria are pleased to announce that French-Ivorian director Philippe Lacôte’s film La Nuit des Rois (Run) is in official selection at the Venice Film Festival (Orizzonti section), as well as at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The two flagship festivals on the international festival circuit will take place from 2 to 12 September and 10-19 September respectively. Shot in Côte d’Ivoire, this feature film is co-produced by Canada, Côte d’Ivoire, France and Senegal.

MACA, Abidjan prison, one of the most overcrowded prisons in West Africa. Aging and sick, Blackbeard is an increasingly contested boss. To maintain his power, he returns to the tradition of “Roman”, a ritual that consists of forcing a prisoner to tell stories overnight.

A young pickpocket is chosen. “Roman” can’t tell, but it’s haunted by one story, that of Zama King…

For his new feature film, director Philippe Lacôte directs Bakary Koné, Steve Tientcheu (Les Misérables), Burkina Faso actors Rasmané Ouedraogo and Issaka Sawadogo (Diego StarSamba), Denis Lavant (Holy Motors, Les Amants du Pont-Neuf) and Ivorian actress Laetitia Ky.

La Nuit des Rois is a dive into an Ivorian prison world, based both in realism and fantasy. A modern, multifaceted tale in which The Thousand and One Nights meets Africa.  A world where the mystical, aesthetics and the violent rub shoulders.

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