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NZFF: Viva Riva

NZFF: Viva Riva

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  • Thu 25 Aug ’11, 9:00pm
  • Fri 26 Aug ’11, 4:00pm


Hoyts Northlands, Northlands Shopping Centre, Main North Rd, Papanui, Christchurch



In Lingala, Portuguese and French, with English subtitles

With: Patsha Bay Mukuna, Manie Malone, Hoji Fortuna, Marlene Longage, Diplome Amekindra, Alex Herabo

Festivals: Toronto 2010; Berlin 2011

Blazing with torrid sex, mean-ass violence and lurid gangsta fashion choices, this slick, high-octane entertainment from the Democratic Republic of Congo has been both a box office bonanza and the year’s big award winner amongst African films – to the chagrin of those who would take a more sober approach to the fever of corruption gripping every character in view. — BG

“Viva Riva! careens through a multitude of tonally varied but coherently staged scenes of our petrol-bandit hero’s brief, vibrant life running from his Angolan ex-boss… and trying to court a local mobster’s gorgeous moll… Lesbian military commanders, Angolan racism, fellatio behind bars, terrific supporting actors as priests, hookers, madams, endless exchanges of money, goods, and sex – the film has the colour and the grime fit for the dozen films it has stolen from… It’s doubtful there’ll be a more fun film at the [Toronto] festival.” — Daniel Kasman, Mubi.com

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