Fortissimo Filmshas closed a distribution deal for Candy with German distributor Concorde Filmverleih. The deal was brokered by Fortissimoco-chairman Wouter Barendrecht andConcorde Filmverleih's managing director MarkusZimmer.

"This marks a first-time collaboration between Fortissimo and Concorde,a distributor with a universal reputation for high quality films, ranging from Girl With A Pearl Earring to the Tomb Raider series, as well as filmsfrom renowned auteurs including Chabrol,Chereau, Kusturica and Bertolucci. We lookforward to an ongoing relationship," said Barendrecht.

Shot in Sydney, Candy, based on Luke Davies' novel ofthe same name is a love story thattests the boundaries of loyalty and commitment. This is a directing debut for theatredirector Neil Armfield and stars Heath Ledger,Geoffrey Rush and Abbie Cornish (Somersault) in the lead roles. The film is produced by MargaretFink and Emile Sherman with Richard Payten and AndrewMackie of Dendy Films as executive producers.

Candy will receive itsworld premiere at the 2006 Berlinale, where it isscreening In Competition on February 15th.

Dendy Films holds Australian rightsand will release the film in early 2006. Candywas financed by Film Finance Corporation Australia,New South Wales Film & Television Office and Paradigm Hyde Films.

Concorde Filmverleih was founded in 1980 andhas released in it's 26 years history more than 400movies in German theatres. The product line consists of 10-15 titles a year andoffers a wide variety of art-house cinema and commercial Hollywood products.

Fortissimo Filmsis an international film, television and video sales organization specializingin the production, presentation, promotion and distribution of unique, awardwinning and innovative feature films from independent film makers from all overthe world.