The sales outfit recently signed Spike Lee's Miracle At St. Anna, a film based on the novel by James McBride and produced by Lee's 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks along with On My Own and in association with Rai Cinema. Set in Tuscany in 1944, the film tells the story of a village where four members of the US Army's all-black 92nd Buffalo Soldier Division are trapped behind enemy lines in their efforts to save a young, mute Italian boy. In the midst of tragedy, Americans, Italians and Germans will learn the true meaning of friendship and courage.
The cast on the project, shooting in Italy since Oct 15, includes Derek Luke, John Leguizamo, Naomi Campbell, John Turturro and James Gandolfini.
Also new on the line up is Mutants from director David Morley. The cast includes Helen de Fougerolles as a pregnant woman struggling to save her baby as a pandemic virus turns human beings into bloodthirsty mutants.
The AFM will also see the world premiere of White Tuft, The Little Beaver, a family wildlife film from director Philippe Calderon. The film follows the adventures of a beaver family in the Canadian woods as they search for their missing cub.
Also screening are the well-reviewed romantic comedy Shall We Kiss' and Tom Fernandez's Spanish-language Suso's Tower.
Promo reels (in 35mm) will be available for Bertrand Tavernier's In The Electric Mist, Eric Besnard's Cash, Jean-Paul Salome's Female Agents and Claude-Michel Rome's Crossfire.
Mist , based on the novel by James Lee Burke, stars Tommy Lee Jones as a detective on the trail of a serial killer in Louisiana. Cash stars French powerhouse duo Jean Reno and Jean Dujardin along with Valeria Molino and Alice Taglioni in a case of one-upmanship between legendary con artists.
With Sophie Marceau, Julie Depardieu and Marie Gillain, Female Agents is the story of ordinary women who become heroines during World War II when they parachute into occupied France.
Crossfire is a thriller loaded with cops and robbers and starring Richard Berry, Pascal Elbe and Zabou Breitman. The film comes from producers Philippe Rousselet and Etienne Comar's Les Films de la Suane.
A promo reel will also be available for Tonie Marshall's comic road movie Off And Running starring Nathalie Baye and Edouard Baer.
Currently in production, TF1 brings the Mathieu Kassovitz-produced Johnny Mad Dog to the AFM. Directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, the film looks at contemporary Africa and the plight of its child soldiers. In English, the film stars Christopher Minie and Daisie Victoria Vandy. Tran Anh Hung's I Come With The Rain is also in production and in English and stars Josh Hartnett. Set for delivery in 2008, the film is a modern thriller set in LA and Asia.
Completed films rounding out TF1's line up are Alessandro D'Alatri's Commediasexi, Francesca Archibugi's Flying Lessons and Sandra Kogut's Mutum.