Visit Films has acquired worldwide rights to Tariq Tapa's feature directorial debut Zero Bridge ahead of its world premiere in Venice.
Zero Bridge was shot entirely in the Indian-occupied city of Srinagar, Kashmir, with a cast of local, non-professional actors and recounts the story of a teenage pickpocket who forms a bond with one of his victims. Josee Lajoie and Hilal Ah Langoo produced and Hunter Gray and Paul Mezey served as executive producers.
Joyless Films and Artists Public Domain's Kasmiri-language production was made with the support of the US Fulbright Commission and IFP's Narrative Lab.
'The story behind the creation of this film captivated us even before the first viewing,' Visit's Ryan Kampe and Sylvain Tron said. 'The fact that Tariq shot, directed, edited, wrote, recorded sound and everything else that is required on a feature film, on his own, is astonishing. To have done it in a war zone makes it that much more remarkable.'
Tapa's short film Custody was a finalist at the 2006 Student Academy Awards.