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Int’l Critics Line: Anna Smith On Ivory Coast’s Oscar-Shortlisted ‘Night Of The Kings’

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A prisoner becomes a storyteller in Night Of The Kings, Ivory Coast’s vivid International Feature Oscar shortlist selection written and directed by Philippe Lacôte (Run).

Newcomer Bakary Koné stars as a pickpocket who arrives at La MACA, a notorious prison in the Ivorian forest. The guards barely have control, and the inmates have developed their own hierarchical system.

Leader Blackbeard (Steve Tientcheu) declares that the new arrival will be a “Roman” (French for “novel”) and entertain the prisoners when the red moon rises.

Gradually, “Roman” realizes that he must speak until the sun rises — or the cost will be his life.The prison pecking order is revealed efficiently, as Lass (Abdoul Karim Konaté) nips at the heels of an ailing

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