Streaming Release!

Night of the Kings


Ivory Coast’s Official Submission to the 93rd annual Academy Awards!

The Loft Cinema will be splitting the revenue with the film’s distributor 45/55. You can watch Night of the Kings for 48 hours after your purchase. The film may be watched on your mobile device, computer, and other streaming devices. Click here for FAQs on streaming the film.

“Dazzling … visionary … never less than mesmerizing … director Philippe Lacôte brings magical realism and Ivorian narrative custom to an unlikely narrative.”  – Peter Debruge, Variety

At the Maca correctional facility in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan, the inmates run the prison, a place all but ruled by superstitions. Tonight, upon the rising of a red moon, a newly arrived prisoner (Koné Bakary), jailed for pickpocketing, has been selected by the autocratic Lord Black Beard to assume the position of “Roman” (storyteller): he must keep his fellow inmates entertained with wild tales or risk his own life. As this Scheherazade-like scenario unfolds, he tells the story of Zama, his childhood friend who became a legendary crime boss. Paying homage to the tradition of the griot in West African culture, Night of the Kings, an Official Selection of the Sundance and Venice Film Festivals, is a work of Shakespearean fabulism and gripping, energetic cinema, an altogether original vision from breakout Ivory Coast filmmaker Philippe Lacôte.  (Dir. by Philippe Lacôte, 2020, Ivory Coast/France/Canada/Senegal, in French/Duyla with English subtitles, 93 mins., Rated R)