Canada, France, Senegal
Delphine Jacquet, Yanick Letourneau, Ernest Konan, Yoro Mbaye
Dioula, French
93 min
Philippe Lacôte
RIFF 2020

A young man is sent to “La Maca,” a prison in the middle of the Ivorian 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. Learning what fate awaits him, according to the rules of La Maca, Roman has no choice but to make his story last until dawn.

Premiered at Venice Film Festival. 

P​hilippe Lacôte
Philippe Lacôte


Director's statement

My work as a director has taken on several forms, before focusing over the last few years on the Ivory Coast with CHRONICLES OF WAR IN THE IVORY COAST, a film on the edge between a documentary, an intimate story and a journal, followed by the feature film RUN, the story of a young man who transforms himself into a wandering madman in order to assassinate his country’s Prime Minister. These two films enabled me to determine the exact position from which I want to question the recent history of the Ivory Coast. But my approach is not simply social or political. My goal is to anchor these realities in a specific imaginative world of this country and its culture. This position was my starting point, and represents the origin of my outlook.