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Viva Riva!

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Overview

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.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

"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

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
  • 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
  • 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 : Belguim, Congo
  • Languages : French, Lingala
  • Running Time : 96 minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 1.85:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : R For Strong Sexuality, Graphic Nudity, Brutal Violence, Language, and Some Drug Use
DVD/Blu-Ray Special Features

Interview with Director

PAPY, a Short Film

Theatrical Trailer