World premieres include QED International's drama Powder Blue starring Jessica Biel, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Liotta and Patrick Swayze, as well as Yari Film Group's crime caper The Lonely Maiden starring Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken and William H Macy and ContentFilm International's thriller The Killing Room with Timothy Hutton, Chloe Sevigny, Nick Cannon and Peter Stormare.
Among the remaining world premieres are Inferno's comedy Tenure with Gretchen Mol and Luke Wilson, Shoreline Entertainment's heist caper High Life with Timothy Olyphant, Lightning Entertainment's crime drama La Linea starring Armand Assante, Bruce Davison, Andy Garcia and Ray Liotta, and Paramount Vantage International's comedy Nothing Like The Holidays with Luis Guzman, Jay Hernandez, John Leguizamo, Debra Messing and Alfred Molina. Overture Films plans a domestic release for Nothing Like The Holidays in December.
Several market premieres received their world premiere at Toronto last month and include: Kimmel International's Management with Jennifer Aniston; HanWay Films' Genova from Michael Winterbottom; Odd Lot International's Good starring Viggo Mortensen; and Fortissimo Films' $9.99.
Voltage Pictures' The Hurt Locker from Kathryn Bigelow and 2929 International's The Burning Plain from Guillermo Arriaga will also screen and received world premieres at Venice prior to North American launches at Toronto. QED International's W from Oliver Stone will open in North America through Lionsgate on October 17 and Bleiberg Entertainment's Adam Resurrected starring Jeff Goldblum premiered at Telluride ahead of its Toronto screenings.
The list of market premieres continues with, among others: IndustryWorks Entertainment's small-town drama 45 RPM that premiered at the Calgary Film Festival last month and stars Kim Coates, Michael Madsen and Amanda Plummer; Curb Entertainment International's family drama All Roads Lead Home that premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival last January and features Peter Boyle, Peter Coyote and Patton Oswalt; and Svensk Filmindustri's adventure Arn - The Knight Templar with Stellan Skarsgard that opened throughout Scandinavia in late 2007 and early 2008.
The complete screening schedule can be found on IFTA's recently relaunched The Film Catalogue. For further details visit http://www.ifta-online.org/afm.
As in the previous four years AFM organisers say that bookings have reached full capacity at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and Le Merigot Beach Hotel. AFM's partner festival AFI FEST 2008 will take place from October 30-November 9