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Zagreb Film Festival
19 - 25 October 2008

SC - Savska 25
10000 Zagreb

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France, Belgium , 2008

Directed by: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy
Script: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy
Producer: Abel, NathanaŽl Karmitz, Charles Gillibert, Fiona Gordon, Marin Karmitz, NathanaŽl Karmitz
Production company: MK2 Productions
Cinematography: Claire Childeric
Editing: Sandrine Deegen
Cast: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy, Philippe Martz

Format: boja, color, 35mm
Running time: 77'

Fiona and Dom are primary school teachers and a happy couple in the countryside. They share the same passion for Latin American dancing and are very much in love. At the weekends, they take part in regional dancing competitions. Their house abounds in trophies. One night, after a glorious dance competition, they swerve to avoid a suicidal man on the road and crash their car into a wall; Fiona loses a leg, Dom his memory. With their newfound handicaps, a truckload of slapstick and a bevy of circus-style stunts, the duo find comedy abounds in their tragic situation. They fall, get back on their feet, fall again, get back on their feet again, and fall again. Rumba is about how optimism and humor can overcome fatality. Rumba is part the reflection that Abel, Gordon and Romy have about the body and its movements, a homogeneous reflection already started in their previous film 'The Iceberg'. The body speaks and cannot lie!

2008 Cannes Film Festival - Semaine de la critique, 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival - International Panorama.

Directors Biography
Dominique Abel is Belgian, Fiona Gordon is Canadian and Bruno Romy is from Normandy. All three authors have a theatre and circus background. They met in the nineties during a theatre tour in Normandy. Since then they have collaborated on a number of projects for video, theatre or film. They wrote and directed ĎLíIcebergí, their first feature film, together.

Location and screening schedule:
premiere: SC Cinema, Sunday, October 19th at 20.00
reprisal: EUROPA Cinema, Monday, October 20th at 16.00

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