Ronnie Kabwika’s comedy, his first feature film, shot in full in the city will be seen there for the first time this April 8 at 19h at the Halle de la Gombe after its world premiere at the 2nd edition of the International Film Festival African Belgium in September 2015.
The story of the film, taken from an original script by Arsene Kamango 2006 was rewritten by Ronnie Kabuika in 2012. Villa Matata is a joyful comedy 100% Congolese whose shooting started between February and March 2013 resulted in about 97 minutes of laughter. The Kinshasans will have the opportunity to discover this production for the first time on Friday evening at the Great Hall of the French Institute (IF) in Kinshasa.
The year 2014 was devoted to the production of Villa Matata, whose trailer available on the net since September 2013, gave a very eloquent overview. Co-author with director Ronnie Kabuika Arsene, Kamango is part of the trio Mohamed Ali (Fabrice Kalonji) and Toto (Roman Ndomba), nephews of Papa Bambata, role that is played by Bavo Diana. Real scoundrels, the three young cousins do not make life difficult for themselves, they are just followers of easy pleasures offered by life, alcohol and women. And money, they still need to support this lifestyle they love. When they begin to lack some bank notes, they show ingenious. They develop a Machiavellian plan even simulate death of one of them. This is the ingenious Toto suggested they put into effect in order to extort money from their families …
A production of Cyberpictures, Villa Matata highlights some well known Congolese actors of the Congolese cinema in full phase of fermentation, proclaiming their future emergence. Apart from the above three, there should also be mentioned Jeanine Tshibola and Bonaventure M’fele to which are added the famous musician and reverred actor Jean Goubald Kalala who incidentally has humor to spare, Guetty Lembe and Charlie S. Manda.
– Nioni Masela
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The poster for Villa Matata