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.


CONVOY
1978, MGM Repertory, 106 min, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

For some strange reason, CB radios and long-distance truckers became all the rage in the late ’70s. When C.W. McCall’s country hit "Convoy" rocketed up the pop charts as well, the phenomenon took on a life of its own. Bill L. Norton (CISCO PIKE) wrote the screenplay for director Sam Peckinpah’s irascible action comedy about a trucker known as Rubber Duck (Kris Kristofferson), who, in league with his gal Melissa (Ali MacGraw), leads a rebellious convoy of like-minded drivers in protest against a brutally repressive sheriff called Cottonmouth (Ernest Borgnine). With Burt Young, Franklin Ajaye, Seymour Cassel.


THE WILD BUNCH
1969, Warner Bros., 145 min, USA, Dir: Sam Peckinpah

Saddle up for director Sam Peckinpah’s magnificent, ultra-violent Western, starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates and Jaime Sanchez as a band of doomed outlaws trying to outrun history. A film that forever changed the way violence was depicted and perceived in the movies. Co-starring Robert Ryan, Edmond O’Brien, L.Q. Jones, Bo Hopkins and Strother Martin. “The movie was photographed by Lucien Ballard, in dusty reds and golds and browns and shadows. The editing, by Lou Lombardo, uses slow motion to draw the violent scenes out into meditations on themselves. Every actor was perfectly cast to play exactly what he could play; even the small roles need no explanation. Peckinpah possibly identified with the wild bunch. Like them, he was an obsolete, violent, hard-drinking misfit with his own code, and did not fit easily into the new world of automobiles, and Hollywood studios.” - Roger Ebert


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