Born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Philippe Lacote studied linguistics in France. After working as a radio program director, he has been directing mid-length and short feature films and documentaries since 1996. His films have been invited to international film festivals in Rotterdam and Toronto. In 2002, he began filming Chronicles of War in the Ivory Coast (2008), a mid-length film on the boundary between a documentary and a diary. His feature debut Run (2014) was selected for Un Certain Regard in Cannes Film Festival. His second feature, Night of the Kings (2020), was invited to the Orizzonti section at the Venice International Film Festival.