Music Box nabs ‘Viva Riva!’ in U.S.

U.K.'s Metrodome, Oz/NZ's Rialto take pic

BERLIN — U.S. distrib Music Box has picked up surprise Toronto hit “Viva Riva!” by Congolese director Djo Tunda Wa Munga.

The Kinshasa-set drama chronicles the rise and fall of a Congolese smuggler who makes a fortune overnight selling gasoline on the black market.

Munich-based sales company Beta Cinema has also sold the pic to the U.K.’s Metrodome and Rialto for Australia and New Zealand.

“Viva Riva!” was produced by Formosa (France), MG Prods. (Belgium) and Suka! (Democratic Republic of Congo), with backing from Canal Plus.

Beta will present “Viva Riva!” at the American Film Market, which begins Nov. 3. – — Ed Meza

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