AFM set to unspool 274 pix

The 14th annual American Film Market will get under way Feb. 24, with 274 films to be screened for some 1,700 international distributors.

Among films to be screened are the Coen brothers’ “The Hudsucker Proxy,” starring Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman and Charles Durning; “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” directed by Mike Newell, starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell; and “Golden Gate,” directed by John Madden, starring Matt Dillon and Joan Chen.

Also Daniel Algrant’s “Naked in New York,” starring Eric Stoltz and Mary-Louise Parker; the Beatles-themed “Backbeat,” directed by Iain Softley; “Suture,” directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel, starring Dennis Haysbert, Mel Harris and Dina Merrill; and Paul Anderson’s “Shopping,” starring Sadie Frost, Jude Law and Sean Bean.

Also “A Good Man in Africa,” directed by Bruce Beresford, starring Sean Connery, John Lithgow and Joanne Whalley-Kilmer; James Foley’s “Two Bits,” starring Gerlando Barone, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Al Pacino; Whoopi Goldberg starrer “Corrina, Corrina,” directed by Jessie Nelson; “Flash Fire,” helmed by Elliot Silverstein, starring Louis Gossett Jr. and Billy Zane; Claude Chabrol’s “L’Enfer,” starring Emmanuelle Beart and Francois Cluzet; and Anthony Minghella’s “Mr. Wonderful,” with Matt Dillon, Annabella Sciorra, Mary-Louise Parker and William Hurt.

Of this year’s entries, 38% are action-adventure films, 20% are dramas, 19% are comedies, 2% are horror films and the remaining 20% are either animated films, science fiction, documentaries or musicals.

The event will be held at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, with screenings at the 22-screen Cineplex Odeon, AMC and Mann Theaters in Santa Monica, and at the Laemmle Cinema on Second Street.

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