Twitch states "To say that VIVA RIVA! is well-made considering its origins would be a monumental disservice to all involved - the film is slick, sexy and stylish by anybody's standards to the extent that it's almost inconceivable that what you are watching is a first-time director at work in a country that has produced nothing of this kind in its history." -- Agreed. Great ending, too!
Viva Riva! is screening at the Berlinale (2/10-2/20). The film was a blast at the 2010 TIFF, being purchased by Music Box for distribution in the US. Online tickets for the premiere at the Berlinale (2/11) are sold out. Rumours say that the movie will be screening at a New York film festival soon. Check http://www.berlinale.de/en/programm/berlinale_programm/datenblatt.php?film_id=20110211 for more info.