NeoClassics takes off with 'Balloon'

Coming-of-age comedy stars Toni Collette

NEW YORK -- Indie distributor NeoClassics Films has acquired all North American rights to the Australian coming-of-age comedy "The Black Balloon."

Rhys Wakefield, Toni Collette, model Gemma Ward and new "Mummy" sequel actor Luke Ford topline Elissa Down's feature, which won a Crystal Bear award for best feature at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.

Aussie soap star Wakefield plays a teen with a bedridden pregnant mom (Collette) who's forced to take care of his autistic brother (Ford) while attempting a relationship with a girl in his swimming class (Ward).

NeoClassics plans a platform release in October, slated as the new indie's sophomore release after September's teen drama "Surviving Crooked Lake."