New Zealand backed film "The Strength of Water" will be directed by award winning short film director Armagan Ballantyne, it was announced in Cannes today. Hopscotch has acquired Australian and New Zealand rights for the film about a young boy who finds his own way of dealing with an unexpected tragedy. Principal photography, with Oscar nominated short film cinematographer Bogumil Godfrejow, is slated for August 2007 in New Zealand. [Ashley Adams]