Spectacular, thrilling, and absolutely unique, Night of the Kings is both an exhilarating tale of survival in one of the world’s most unforgiving environments and a beautiful ode to the power of storytelling.
When a young man is sent to an infamous prison, located in the middle of the Ivorian forest and ruled by its inmates, he is chosen 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.
“This captivating hybrid of a movie mixes fairy-tale and storytelling elements with a vividly drawn backdrop of heightened realism.” ~Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
“An atmospherically shot film about African oral culture, about riots, street musicians and storytellers. But it also uses the space and denizens of the prison as a metaphor for the divisions and tensions within Ivorian society.” ~Lee Marshall, Screen Daily