Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights to US drama Against The Current, directed by Peter Callahan and starring Joseph Fiennes.

Callahan previously directed 2001 award-winning indie title Last Ball. His new project stars Fiennes as a man coping with grief who sets out to swim the 150 mile-long Lower Hudson River. The cast also includes Elizabeth Reaser (The Family Stone), Justin Kirk (Weeds), Mary Tyler Moore and Michelle Trachtenberg.

Currently in post-production, the film is produced by Joshua Zeman and Mary Jane Skalski. Fortissimo previously worked with the duo on Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin.

The deal was negotiated by Fortissimo co-chairmen Wouter Barendrecht and Michael J. Werner and attorney Jonathan Gray of the firm Gray Krauss, on behalf of Zeman and Skalski.

'When we were first presented with the script of Against The Current, everyone at Fortissimo was just blown away by its strength, sincerity and universal appeal,' said Werner. 'We all agreed that this was a film that we had to do, and it gave us the opportunity to work together again with Mary Jane and Josh, who have been behind some of the most admired and sought after independent films.'

Fortissimo will commence pre-sales on the film here at the AFM.