Watch: Official Red Band Trailer for Congolese Indie Film 'Viva Riva!'
by Alex Billington
June 3, 2011
Music Box Films has debuted an official red band (as in NSFW) trailer for a foreign film called Viva Riva!, which has been making waves on the indie circuit, including winning six African Movie Academy Awards. Hulu is hosting the new trailer. Viva Riva! is the first Congolese feature film in two decades and the first to be filmed in the Lingala language (with French). The film is about a guy named Riva (Patsha Bay) caught up in the crazy underground world in the city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). I could make obvious City of God comparisons, so why not. It does look good though. Check this out.
Watch the new red band trailer for Djo Munga's Viva Riva! from YouTube:
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 Azor, an Angolan crime lord relentlessly seeking the return of his stolen shipment of gasoline.
Viva Riva! was both written and directed by African filmmaker Djo Munga, making his feature debut. This first premiered at Toronto Film Festival last year. Music Box Films will be bringing Viva Riva! to limited theaters in the US starting June 10th this summer. Has anyone seen it yet? Click here for theater listings.
By saying "I could make obvious City of God comparisons, but no need" you are in fact making the comparison!
Anonymous on Jun 3, 2011
Finally!!!Alex, I've been telling you about this for months! I'm going to see it tonight!
jah p on Jun 3, 2011
Looks good. My gf isn't all about subtitles, but maybe this time.
Chad on Jun 3, 2011
kwame adansi on Jun 3, 2011
I watched the trailer twice and didn't comment, whoops. Looks not too shabbers.
Crapola on Jun 5, 2011
This looks totally sweet
Climber234 on Jun 6, 2011
Might have to go down to the Laemmle and catch this when it comes out.
Fatal Error on Jun 6, 2011
This is a great movie. I am an avid movie goer and I have to say this is one of the best gangster films I have ever seen. I’m not going to ruin anything, but holy crap it was amazing when I saw it. I think what makes it really work so well are the characters that are depicted. I feel like I’m drawn into the movie by the different personalities on the screen. I really love Riva’s charisma. Riva is just a great character; I would love to meet a real guy like Riva (without the gang violence lol). I also really appreciate how the movie progresses in a noireish style. It’s not a straight up noire film, but it definitely has some of its qualities. I would highly recommend this movie.
Elliott Hays on Jun 9, 2011
Super eager to watch this movie...does anyone know where in Toronto its being screened?
nella on Sep 12, 2011
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