VIVA RIVA!
2010, Music Box Films, 96 min, Belgium, Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, South Africa, Dir: Djo Munga

In this wildly exciting, slickly executed action-drama, affable hustler Riva has set his sights on smuggling a lucrative cache - barrels of fuel, courtesy of a gang of shady Angolans, which can be re-sold for a massive profit. Needless to say, an entire web of underworld thugs and crime bosses are also (literally) gunning for the barrels. Set in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, VIVA RIVA! exposes a hypnotically intriguing world we hardly see on screen, and rarely as a stage for rip-roaring action - ruthless, brutal and anarchic, with desperation and decadence in close quarters. In French and Lingala with English subtitles. "A blast from start to finish, writer-director Djo Tunda Wa Munga's VIVA RIVA! marks the Congo as an African filmmaking center to watch... Reveling in genre codes and reminiscent of Tony Scott's mix of adrenaline and style." – Variety.


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