Viva Riva!

Viva Riva!

About the Film

Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo after a decade away with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. Wads of cash in hand and out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by beautiful night club denizen Nora, the kept woman of a local gangster. Into the mix comes an Angolan crime lord relentlessly seeking the return of his stolen shipment of gasoline. Director Djo Tunda Wa Munga's Kinshasa is a seductively vibrant, lawless, fuel-starved sprawl of shantytowns, gated villas, bordellos and nightclubs and Riva is its perfect embodiment.

Starring: Patsha Bay Mukuna, Manie Malone, Hoji Fortuna, Marlene Longange, Diplome Amekindra, Alex Herabo
Director: Djo Tunda Wa Munga
Release Date: 06/10/11

Reactions

"A bold crime action film that’s vicious, sexy and throbbingly realistic." - The Hollywood Reporter

"4 Stars! One of the best neo-noirs from anywhere in recent memory." - Time Out New York

"Frenetic, sleazy and entertaining as all hell" - The AV Club

"An exciting new filmmaking talent." - The Los Angeles Times

Awards & Festivals

  • Black Reel Awards 2012 Nominee - Outstanding Foreign Film
  • Berlin International Film Festival 2011 - Official Selection
  • South By Southwest Film Festival 2011 - Official Selection
  • Winner! MTV Movie Awards 2011 - Best African Film
  • Winner! Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 - Best Production Design
  • Winner! Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 - Best Cinematography
  • Winner! Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 - Best Actor in Supporting Role, Hoji Fortuna
  • Winner! Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 - Best Actress in Supporting Role, Marlene Longage
  • Winner! Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 - Best Director, Djo Tunda Wa Munga
  • Winner! Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 - Best Film, Djo Tunda Wa Munga
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Actor in Leading Role, Patsha Bay
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Actress in Leading Role, Manie Malone
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Makeup
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Soundtrack
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Achievement in Sound
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Editing
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Child Actor, Jordan Ntunga
  • Winner! Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles 2011 - Best Feature Film
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2010 - Official Selection

Cast & Crew

Cast

Riva: Patsha Bay Mukuna
Nora: Manie Malone
Cesar: Hoji Fortuna
J.M. Alex Herbo
Commandante: Marlene Longange
Azor: Diplome Amekindra
Malou: Angelique Mbumba
Mere Edo: Nzita Tumba
Anto: Jordan N’Tunga

Crew

Director: Djo Tunda Wa Munga
Screenplay: Djo Tunda Wa Munga
Producers: Boris Van Gils, Michael Goldberg, and Djo Tunda Wa Munga
Cinematography: Antoine Roch
Editor: Yves Langlois
Production Designer: Philippe Van Herwijnen
Sound: Marianne Roussy
Music:Louis Vyncke and Congopunq

 

Technical Info

Production Year: 2010
Release Date: 06/10/11
Countries of Production: Belgium, Congo
Languages: French, Lingala
Running Time: 1h 36m
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Color: Color
Rating: R

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Awards & Festivals

  • Black Reel Awards 2012 Nominee - Outstanding Foreign Film
  • Berlin International Film Festival 2011 - Official Selection
  • South By Southwest Film Festival 2011 - Official Selection
  • Winner! MTV Movie Awards 2011 - Best African Film
  • Winner! Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 - Best Production Design
  • Winner! Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 - Best Cinematography
  • Winner! Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 - Best Actor in Supporting Role, Hoji Fortuna
  • Winner! Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 - Best Actress in Supporting Role, Marlene Longage
  • Winner! Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 - Best Director, Djo Tunda Wa Munga
  • Winner! Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 - Best Film, Djo Tunda Wa Munga
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Actor in Leading Role, Patsha Bay
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Actress in Leading Role, Manie Malone
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Makeup
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Soundtrack
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Achievement in Sound
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Editing
  • Africa Movie Academy Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Child Actor, Jordan Ntunga
  • Winner! Pan African Film Festival Los Angeles 2011 - Best Feature Film
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2010 - Official Selection

Reactions

"A bold crime action film that’s vicious, sexy and throbbingly realistic." - The Hollywood Reporter

"4 Stars! One of the best neo-noirs from anywhere in recent memory." - Time Out New York

"Frenetic, sleazy and entertaining as all hell" - The AV Club

"An exciting new filmmaking talent." - The Los Angeles Times

Detailed Film Info

Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo after a decade away with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. Wads of cash in hand and out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by beautiful night club denizen Nora, the kept woman of a local gangster. Into the mix comes an Angolan crime lord relentlessly seeking the return of his stolen shipment of gasoline. Director Djo Tunda Wa Munga’s Kinshasa is a seductively vibrant, lawless, fuel-starved sprawl of shantytowns, gated villas, bordellos and nightclubs and Riva is its perfect embodiment.

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