589 films will screen at market for foreign buyers

The Polish brothers’ “Astronaut Farmer” and Kevin Costner starrer “Mr. Brooks” will play for the first time at the American Film Market, where a record 589 films will screen for foreign buyers, including 384 market preems.

AFM runs Nov. 1-8 in Santa Monica, concurrent with the AFI Fest in Hollywood. In another record, 54 films that are official AFI selections will be repped at AFM as well.

The Independent Film & Television Alliance, host of AFM, also announced that it has launched a new online initiative — the AFM Catalogue of Films — that will provide info on thousands of film projects. AFM is working with Google Video to develop trailers, giving AFM exhibitors instant access to trailers during the market.

Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Intl. is handling foreign sales for “Astronaut,” starring Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen. Pic, written by Mark and Michael Polish and directed by Michael Polish, was originally set up at Warner Independent Pictures. Now big Warners will be releasing it domestically.

Hyde Park also will be handling foreign sales for Warner Independent’s “Chaos Theory,” directed by Marcos Siega and starring Ryan Reynolds.

Element Films Intl. is handling foreign sales for “Mr. Brooks,” which will be distribbed in the U.S. by MGM.

For a full list of films and screening information, visit the AFM Web site at Americanfilmmarket.com or Afmfilms.org.

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