Fortissimo Films has picked up worldwide rights to Anand Gandhi’s The Ship Of Theseus, which is taking part in the Work-in-Progress Lab at Film Bazaar (Nov 24-27) in Goa.  

The film is the highly-anticipated feature debut of Gandhi – an acclaimed playwright and short filmmaker. His previous films include Right Here Right Now, which won best short at the Syracuse International Film Festival and screened in competition at Tribeca and Rome.

The deal with Fortissimo, for worldwide rights outside South Asia, was concluded at Film Bazaar. Fortissimo acquisition executive Chris Paton met Gandhi and his team at last year’s Film Bazaar and has been working with the filmmakers since then. Fortissimo will also act as co-producer on the film.

Written and directed by Anand Gandhi, The Ship Of Theseus explores the moral dilemmas faced by three disparate individuals – an experimental photographer, an ailing monk and a young stockbroker – who unknowingly have a connection.

Produced by Mukesh Shah’s Ridhi Sidhi Films, the film stars Egyptian filmmaker and actress Aida El-Kashef, upcoming talent Soham Shah and veteran theatre artist Neeraj Kabi. 

Paton said: “I met Anand last year when he showed me 12 minutes of footage of his film.  I was so awed by his unique cinematic vision and story-telling, I knew he was a director to watch out for.”

“From the outset, Fortissimo has shown incredible support for our project, and we’re really thrilled to take this relationship forward,” said producer Mukesh Shah. “Fortissimo is recognised for nurturing up-and-coming Asian talent and bringing their work to global audiences and we’re delighted to be a part of their slate.”