Director: Djo Munga
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