Bronx Drive-In: Night of the Kings


Wed Sep 30 8:00 PM

The Film

Night of the Kings

Philippe Lacôte | France, Ivory Coast, Canada, Senegal | 93

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 is a work of Shakespearean fabulism and gripping, energetic cinema, an altogether original vision from breakout Ivory Coast filmmaker Philippe Lacôte. A NEON release.

Special thanks to Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Event Details

Along with a drive-in screening, this film will screen virtually from September 24 at 8pm ET through September 29 at 8pm ET. Get tickets here.

The show presented in partnership with