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VIVA RIVA!

by Djo Tunda wa Munga

synopsis

Kinshasa is a city of silky smooth and pulsating nightlife, always ready to go on forever. The happy few who have it all live the high life, never looking back on those who have nothing and live in envy, dreaming of their turn as kings and queens of the night. Riva is one of those dreamers who had nothing, until he returned from ten years away, his pockets full of cash and determined to have the time of his life. With his old pal, J.M., he sets out for a night of drink, dance and debauchery. Queen of the night, mysterious, distant beauty, Nora's dance transfixes Riva. No matter that she belongs to a local gangster, Riva must have her. Could this be something real? The money Riva is spending belongs to his old boss in Angola, who, in hot pursuit, wreaks bloody havoc every step of his way through town to find Riva. The dream becomes a nightmare, as Riva suffers the cold light of day – and his glory time runs out in a sordid pit on the edge of town.

international title: Viva Riva!
original title: Viva Riva!
country: France, Belgium, Democratic Republic of the Congo
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Djo Tunda wa Munga
film run: 98'
release date: IE 24/06/2011, GB 24/06/2011, BE 07/09/2011, DE 15/03/2012, FR 18/04/2012
screenplay: Djo Tunda wa Munga
cast: Patsha Bay Mukuna, Manie Malone, Hoji Fortuna, Marlene Longage, Alex Herabo, Diplome Amekindra, Angelique Mbumba, Nzita Tumba, Jordan N’Tunga
cinematography by: Antoine Roch
film editing: Yves Langlois
art director: Philippe van Herwijnen
music: Louis Vyncke & Congopunq
producer: Boris Van Gils, Michaël Goldberg, Djo Tunda wa Munga, Steven Markovitz
production: Formosa Productions, MG Productions, Suka Productions/Kinshasa
distributor: Metrodome Distribution, O'Brother, Summiteerfilms, Happiness Distribution

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main awards/selection

Berlinale 2011 
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