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445 Films Heading To 30th American Film Market

A scene from Don Roos's "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits." Image courtesy of AFM.

The 30th American Film Market (AFM) has announced 445 films in 27 languages, including 73 world premieres and 311 market premieres, screening to 8,000-plus film buyers and industry professionals from more than 70 countries.

Among the seemingly endless list of films screening at AFM are (with the film's seller in brackets) "Life During Wartime," directed by Todd Solondz and starring Ally Sheedy, Paul Reubens, Charlotte Rampling and Allison Janney (Fortissimo Film Sales); "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits," directed by Don Roos and starring Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow (Essential Entertainment); Aaron Schneider's "Get Low," starring Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Robert Duvall (K5 International); "Unthinkable," starring Samuel L. Jackson (Sierra Pictures); "Harry Brown," starring Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer (HanWay Films); "Within The Whirlwind," directed by Marleen Gorris and starring Emily Watson (Telepool GmbH); "Coach," starring Hugh Dancy, Liane Balaban and Mamie Gummer (Lightning Entertainment); "Chloe," directed by Atom Egoyan and starring Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried (StudioCanal); "The Last Flight," starring Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet (Gaumont); "Snowmen," starring Ray Liotta, Christopher Lloyd, Bobby Coleman and Doug E. Doug (MPower Pictures); "Mother and Child," starring Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington (WestEnd Films); "Storm Warriors," starring Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi and Simon Yam (Universe Films); "Creation," directed by Jon Amiel and starring Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany; "Mao's Last Dancer," directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Kyle MacLachlan; and "The Meaning of the 21st Century," narrated by Michael Douglas (Worldwide Film Entertainment).

AFM's festival partner, AFI FEST, will screen 23 films that are represented at the AFM, including "The Hole" directed by Joe Dante and starring Teri Polo, Bruce Dern, Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble and Chris Massoglia (Bold Films); "The Last Station," directed by Michael Hoffman and starring Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti, James McAvoy and Helen Mirren (Little Film Company); "Precious," directed by Lee Daniels and starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton and Mariah Carey (Elephant Eye); and "Woman Without Piano," starring Carmen Machi and Jan Budar (Radio Television Espanola).

Together, AFM and AFI FEST represent the largest gathering of film industry professionals and the only combined film market-festival event in North America.

The American Film Market runs November 4-11, 2009. For a complete list of the films and the screening schedule, visit this website.

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  • biasedcommmenting | October 17, 2009 1:15 AMReply

    I'd look beyond the press release from AFM. The market is not viable for nearly every American indie. Additionally, the rumors are that so many exhibitors pulled out that they had to close Le Merigot as part of the market. I think it will be a few years before AFM goes altogether.