Dutch Filmworks (DFW) reported brisk business at AFM despite the global economic crisis and acquired Benelux rights to a number of high profile titles including the Sylvester Stallone action saga The Expendables from Nu Image/Millenium.

Stallone will direct The Expendables from his own screenplay about a team of mercenaries sent on a mission to overthrow a despotic Latin American leader. Jason Statham and Jet Li, last seen together in War, will also star.

DFW also acquired transsexual romance The Danish Girl starring Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron (Kathy Morgan International), as well as the dark comedy Leaves Of Grass by Tim Blake Nelson starring Edward Norton as twin brothers (Nu Image/Millenium) and Roman Polanski's mystery The Ghost with Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor and Kim Catrall (Summit).

The buys include the romance Last Night with Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes (Gaumont); sci-fi adventure Splice starring Adrien Brody (Gaumont); the Disneynature eco-thriller Oceans directed by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud (Pathe International); Riot starring Nicolas Cage (Nu Image/Millenium); and 11 Minutes based on the novel by Paolo Coelho.

DFW also acquired the horror title Sorority Row (Summit) and two more from Nu Image/Millenium - Labor Pains starring Lindsay Lohan and an option on the Conan The Barbarian remake to be directed by Brett Ratner.

'For our company this was the best AFM so far,' DFW CEO Willem Pruijssers said. 'Despite the difficult worldwide economic situation, it appears that the financial world still has faith in projects with big names and prestigious film-makers. And that's a very positive security for the future of theatrical, DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and TV.'