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VIVA RIVA!

Democratic Republic of Congo / France / Belgium, 2010 (MIFF 2011, Crime Scene)

Director: Djo Munga

VIVA RIVA!

Violent, kinetic and sexy, crime thriller Viva Riva! stares down the barrel of Kinshasa's savage criminal underworld, shattering staid preconceptions of African filmmaking.

Cocky small-time gangster Riva steals a priceless truckload of petrol; flush with illicit cash, he embarks on a hedonistic spree, even as he flees from his Angolan ex-boss through a seamy underworld of teeming streets and steamy nightclubs, rampant greed and corrupt authorities.

The debut feature from Congolese filmmaker Djo Munga, Viva Riva! is a bold crime action film set in the contemporary Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full of intrigue, violence, music and explicit sex, this polished and provocative crime flick has been a shock hit on the festival circuit.

"On the basis of this expertly engineered crime thriller Djo Munga is a director going places." - Empire

D/S Djo Munga P Michael Goldberg Dist Rialto L French, Lingala w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010

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