Djo Tunda Wa Munga's Viva Riva!
has been turning heads on the international festival circuit and putting a new, commercially accessible face on African film in the process. And fresh off of basically sweeping the African Film Awards - where it took both Best Picture and Best Director, among others - we've turned up a trailer for the picture. Here's how it was described when it premiered in Toronto:
is an operator, a man with charm and ambition in equal measure.
Kinshasa is an inviting place. With petrol in short supply in DRC's
capital, he and his sidekick pursue a plot to get hold of a secret cache
- barrels of fuel they can sell for a huge profit. Of course they're
not the only ones who want the stuff. Cesar is a ruthless, sharply
dressed foreigner thriving in Kinshasa's lawless streets. A female
military officer joins the fray. Even the church will betray its tenets
for a piece of the action. But Riva's main nemesis is Azor, a crime boss
in the classic style: big, decadent and brutal. He's not a man to mess
with, but his girlfriend, Nora, may just be the most seductive woman in
all of DRC. Riva catches sight of her dancing at a nightclub and it's
not long before Nora matches the fuel cache as a coveted object of his
Shooting in high definition, Munga saturates this African
genre film with rich colour and movement. The camera snakes through
crowded streets and steaming nightclubs, capturing the tangible
atmosphere of DRC today. As the film roves from Azor's luxury lair, to
lush scenes outside the city, to the dens where sin is for sale, Viva Riva!
offers a portrait of urban Africa too rarely seen on screen. Even more
surprising are its scenes of urgent sensuality, as Riva pursues Nora -
or perhaps it's the other way around.
Check the trailer below!
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