Ottawa Premiere the Week of Friday March 12th!
Subtitled in English.
Set in Abidjan’s MACA prison, the aging Black Beard, in attempt to maintain control over his fellow inmates, resorts to a “story” ritual, wherein one prisoner is forced, Scheherazade-style, to tell stories for an entire night. The young pickpocket he chooses relays the haunting tale of the Zama King.
From Amiens International Film Festival award winner, and 2x Cannes Film Festival nominated director of Run!
TIFF: Amplify Voices Award winner, and Best Canadian Feature Film nominee!
Rotterdam International Film Festival: Youth Jury Award winner!
Chicago International Film Festival: Best Cinematography, Best Sound award winner, Best Feature nominee!
4/4 Stars! “worships the power of storytelling…a nimble cinematic-theatrical hybrid…The way Lacôte uses Roman’s yarn to not only mix ancient folklore with modern mythmaking, but also theatrical song and dance, is a tremendous feat of filmmaking.” (RogerEbert.com)
“It’s quite a wild ride of a fable…Newcomer Bakary Koné, as Roman, thoroughly engages as a kid way out of his depth…The rest of the ensemble shines, as well…All the elements, including the excellent cinematography, along with lyrical singing and dancing, come together in a consistently thrilling mix…a majestic cinematic experience.” (Hammer To Nail)
“visually striking…you feel like you’re experiencing something both totally unique and building upon the culture of the past…Clearly a movie’s doing something right when the biggest complaint you can make about it is that there’s not more of it.” (Comic Book Resources)