A young man is sent to "La Maca", a prison of Ivory Coast in the middle of the forest ruled by its prisoners. With the red moon rising, he is designated by the Boss to be the new "Roman" and must tell a story to the other prisoners.


Philippe Lacôte
11 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Bakary Koné Bakary Koné ... Roman
Steve Tientcheu Steve Tientcheu ... Barbe Noire (Blackbeard)
Jean Cyrille Digbeu Jean Cyrille Digbeu ... Demi-Fou (Half-Mad)
Rasmané Ouédraogo ... Soni
Issaka Sawadogo ... Nivaquine
Abdoul Karim Konaté Abdoul Karim Konaté ... Lass
Macel Anzian Macel Anzian ... Lame de Rasoir (Razor Blade)
Laetitia Ky Laetitia Ky ... The Queen
Denis Lavant ... Silence
Zunon François Lopez Zunon François Lopez ... Police Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Narcisse Aféli Narcisse Aféli ... Queen's Soldier
Drabo Arouna Drabo Arouna ... Lascar Chief
Jean Marcel Brou Daboiko Jean Marcel Brou Daboiko ... Lascar Chief
Sandrine Digbeu Sandrine Digbeu ... Policewoman
Lago Woroka Gilles Lago Woroka Gilles ... Cook (as Lago Woroka)


The wild 'auto-gestioned- prison of Abidjan becomes the theater of a fight for power, as the old 'chief' of the prison must submit his power, due to illness. This last night of the blood full moon a newcomer assumes the role of the storyteller, not knowing that this will end to his own death. To stay alive, he begins to tell the story of a fellow criminal in the slum of Abidjan, and how he was driven to his death. Written by Regina Zervou

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Drama | Fantasy

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Rated R for some violent material, language and nudity | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Official submission of Ivory Coast for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 93rd Academy Awards in 2021. See more »


References City of God (2002) See more »

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Boring and overrated
17 February 2021 | by JessicaCatrionaGraySee all my reviews

Nothing happens but men yelling each others. Very bad and boring

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Release Date:

26 February 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night of the Kings See more »

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Ivory Coast

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