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CANNES — Koch Lorber Films has taken U.S. distribution rights to Cannes Critics’ Week standout, “Rumba,” sold by MK2 Intl.

Koch Lorber plans a national theatrical rollout first half 2009.

The sophomore sally of writer-helmers Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon and Bruno Romy after “Iceberg,” “Rumba,” a dark-humored Belgian comedy, turns on a couple whose amateur dancing contest days are cut short – literally – when they suffer a tragic car accident.

Produced by MK2 Prods and Courage Mon Amour, Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel’s label, “Rumba” has danced to a feisty 100,000 admissions in France off a limited-print release, from a Sept. 10 bow, rising from an initial 40 copies to a current 76-print spread.

It has also sold to over 30 countries, which in ever-tougher market times counts as a real success for an art film.

Major sales include Germany and Switzerland, where X Verleih opens the film in November, Blighty’s Sound and Media, Japan’s Shibata Org., Cineart for Benelux, Korea’s Mars, Pantheon in Portugal and Poland’s Vivarto.