ThinkFilm has announced the acquisition of North American rights to Neil Armfield's "Candy," the Berlinale debut starring Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, and Geoffrey Rush. Armfield's feature debut is based on Luke Davies notel and is scheduled to be released later this year. The film, described as a love triangle involving "a boy, a girl and a drug," is the story of "a charming but reckless young poet who has fallen in love with Candy (Cornish), a beautiful young art student from a comfortable middle-class family who is attracted to the bohemian lifestyle that [the poet] has long since embraced." In a statement, company head of theatrical distribution Mark Urman said:
"'Candy' beautifully captures both the exhilarating highs and the maddening lows of youthful folly. Not only does it confirm Heath Ledger's standing as a brilliant leading man, it also establishes Abbie Cornish as the next important international star to emerge from Australia."
Think's EVP of acquisitions and business affairs Randy Manis negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media representing Fortissimo Films and the filmmakers. [Eugene Hernandez]