MUSIC BOX FILMS HOME ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES
FROM THE CONGO COMES AN ACTION-FILLED NEO-NOIR ABOUT A SMALL-TIME KINSHASA HOOD WHO’S PLUNGED INTO A BRUTAL WORLD OF REVENGE, LUST AND VIOLENCE AFTER MAKING THE BIGGEST SCORE OF HIS CAREER
Available on DVD and VOD
September 27, 2011
“A bold crime action film that’s vicious, sexy and throbbingly realistic.”
— HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“????! One of the best neo-noirs from anywhere in recent memory!”
— TIME OUT NY
“A blast from start to finish”
Chicago, IL (July 26, 2011) – The first film from the Democratic Republic of Congo to receive a major theatrical release in the U.S., VIVA RIVA! weaves a vicious and pulse-pounding web of crime, intrigue and desire against the steamy backdrop of the Congo’s capital, Kinshasa. Cavorting across the city’s underbelly are a hungry thief and scam artist and a collection of sleazy-but-sexy characters who will do whatever is necessary to ensure their own survival. Filled with sprawling shantytowns, delirious nightclubs, sordid bordellos and the allure of the good life that lurks behind the gates of the city’s richest villas, VIVA RIVA! by first-time narrative feature film writer/director Djo Tunda Wa Munga is an unforgettable descent into an exotic and alluring world of danger, desire and endless possibilities—all of which come at a life-or-death price.
VIVA RIVA! unleashes the high-octane tale of Riva, a small-time but ambitious hood (Patsha Bay Mukuna) who returns to the frantic, corrupt city of Kinshasa after a decade-long absence with a pocketful of cash and a stash of stolen gasoline, a rare commodity in the Congo. Living large in his hometown, Riva soon meets a trio of determined operators who set into a motion a story of vengeance, desire and brutality: sexy, red-dressed party gal Nora (Manie Malone); Azor (Diplome Amekindra), Nora’s current squeeze, a local gangster looking to move up in the world; and the vicious Angolan crimelord Cesar (Hoji Fortuna) who’s searching for his stolen petrol—and revenge on the man who stole it.
Music Box Films Home Entertainment will release VIVA RIVA! on DVD, Digital Download, and On Demand premieres September 27 (prebook August 18) for the suggested retail prices of $29.95 for the DVD disc featuring bonus features including an interview with Director Djo Tunda Wa Munga, and a feature film about aids in the Congo.
The winner of six African Academy Awards in 2011, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor, as well as a 2011 MTV Movie Award for Best African Film, VIVA RIVA! was released theatrically to acclaim this past year in the U.S.’s top 50 markets.
VIVA RIVA!’s writer/director Djo Tunda Wa Munga has received praise across the board for his narrative feature film debut, being described by Robert Abele of the LOS ANGELES TIMES as “an exciting new filmmaking talent,” while Philip Wilding of EMPIRE declares that “On the basis of this expertly engineered crime thriller, Djo Munga is a director going places.”
VIVA RIVA! — Synopsis:
Riva (Patsha Bay Mukuna) 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. A man with charm and ambition in equal measure, not to mention wads of cash in his enthusiastic hands, Riva is soon entranced by beautiful night club denizen Nora (Manie Malone), the kept woman of local gangster Azor (Diplome Amekindra), who’s keeping his eye on Riva and his money. Into the mix comes the Angolan crime lord Cesar (Hoji Fortuna), who’s hungry for revenge as he relentlessly seeks the return of his stolen shipment of gasoline. Kinshasa’s lawless and steamy environs get even hotter as everyone sets out to snatch whatever it is they want, regardless of the consequences.
About Music Box Films:
Founded in 2007, Music Box Films has quickly established itself as one of the leading independent distributors of feature films in the US in theaters, on DVD and Blu-ray, and via Video-on-Demand. Music Box’s release of Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One was the most popular foreign-language arthouse release of 2008; and in 2010, Music Box's release of the film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy of international mega-sellers dominated the art house market: the first in the series, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, was one of the most popular international releases of the decade and collectively the trilogy has registered nearly $22 million in US theatrical box office receipts. Music Box Films is independently owned and operated by the Southport Music Box Corporation which also owns and operates The Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s premiere venue for independent and foreign films.