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A young man is sent to “La Maca,” a prison in the middle of the Ivorian forest ruled by its inmates. As tradition goes with the rising of the red moon, he is designated by the Boss to be the new “Roman” and must tell a story to the other prisoners. Learning what fate awaits him, he begins to narrate the mystical life of the legendary outlaw named “Zama King” and has no choice but to make his story last until dawn.


Official Entry, 93rd Academy Awards® Best International Feature Film - Ivory Coast

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    93 min
  • Language
    French Dyula with English subtitles
  • Country
    Ivory Coast
  • Premiere
    Venice Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Tornoto International Film Festival
  • Director
    Philippe Lacôte
  • Screenwriter
    Philippe Lacôte, Delphine Jaquet
  • Producer
    Delphine Jaquet, Yanick Létourneau, Ernest Konan, Yoro Mbaye
  • Cast
    Koné Bakary, Steve Tientcheu, Digbeu Jean Cyrille, Rasmané Ouédraogo, Issaka Sawadogo, Karim Konaté, Anzian Marcel, Laetitia Ky
  • Cinematographer
    Tobie Marier Robitaille
  • Editor
    Aube Foglia
  • Production Design
    Samuel Teisseire
  • Composer
    Olivier Alary
  • Sound Design
    Pierre-Jules Audet