Santa Monica film confab to unveil 500 movies
More than 500 films will unspool at the 28th American Film Market, with 106 receiving their world premieres at the annual Santa Monica confab.AFM, which runs from Oct. 31-Nov. 7 this year, has sold out all exhibition space at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and Le Merigot Hotel. Preems include Nu Image’s “Mad Money,” starring Katie Holmes, Diane Keaton and Queen Latifah; QED Intl.’s “Smart People,” with Thomas Haden Church, Sarah Jessica Parker and Dennis Quaid; “Tales of the Riverbank,” starring Jim Broadbent and Stephen Fry, from Handmade Films Intl.; and Toho’s “Sanjuro,” written by the late Akira Kurosawa. Epic Pictures Group’s “Carnera,” starring F. Murray Abraham and Paul Sorvino; Faye Dunaway starrer “Flick,” from AV Pictures; and Matthew Modine starrer “The Neighbor,” from Curb Entertainment, will also see their world preems at AFM. This marks the fourth consecutive year in which the market has reached capacity. The lineup of 522 feature films in 34 languages boasts stars including Jessica Alba, Charlize Theron, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart, Ryan Gosling and Pierce Brosnan. Among the pics: Kimmel Intl.’s “Lars and the Real Girl,” starring Gosling and Patricia Clarkson; GreeneStreet Films’ “Bill,” with Alba, Eckhart and Timothy Olyphant; Yari Film Group’s “Resurrecting the Champ,” with Alan Alda, Josh Hartnett and Samuel L. Jackson; and “Blood Brothers,” produced by John Woo, from Fortissimo Films. Lineup also includes StudioCanal’s “Disengagement,” with Juliette Binoche; and Kimmel’s “Married Life,” starring Brosnan, Clarkson, Chris Cooper and Rachel McAdams.