U.S. premiere to launch Heartland

September 10, 2008
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Heartland Truly Moving Pictures announced today that its Opening Night Event, Oct. 16, will feature the North American premiere of the Miramax film "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas."

Actor David Thewlis (best known from the Harry Potter films), director Mark Herman ("Brassed Off") and novelist/screenwriter John Boyne are expected to attend the event. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster--$125 for dinner/screening/reception, $25 for screening/reception and $12 for just the screening--plus, alas, the usual Ticketmaster fees.

Scoring a world premiere is a major coup for the fest, which runs Oct. 16-24. Other films to be announced.

Care to share your favorite Heartland Film Fest experiences? Which of its films have truly moved you?

And how much does it impact your attendance if you know that name actors are coming to town?  (In the past, Gary Sinise, Richard Dreyfuss, Maureen O'Hara, Jon Voight, Dakota Fanning, and many others have visited.)

Your thoughts?
  • Oh. My. Goodness. THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS is SUCH a controversial book!

    YA librarians made the yalsa-bk online discussion list burn with heated comments over that book when it first came out: was it insulting to Holocaust victims or a brilliant portrayal of the horror of the Holocaust? was the narrator boy's naive voice heart-wrenchingly believable or completely implausible? was the book one of the most readable novels ever written or did it not even work as a novel? and so on.

    I sat in on a discussion of the Best Books for Young Adults committee at the American Library Association conference in Washington, DC last year and heard still more heated discussion about whether or not it should be included on the BBYA list for 2008.

    (Skimming the list online now, I don't think this book did make the final cut, but it definitely had some very passionate supporters. Here is the link to the 2008 BBYA list, if you're curious:

    People either love or hate this short book, which fascinates me no matter what I personally thought of it. I may have to scrounge up $25 to go to the movie premiere and discussion, especially if the author/playwright will be there.

    It would be fun to meet that Harry Potter guy, too.

    I don't think I have ever been to the Heartland Film Festival before, although I have always liked the idea of it. I'll be interested to read what other people have to say in answer to your questions, Lou.

    Hope Baugh
  • While having a North American premiere is a great thing for the festival, I'm really not excited for this movie. I saw the trailer in front of the grand documentary, Man on Wire, and rolled my eyes at it. It seems like we've seen every single World War II film now. It seems exhausted. So I'm sure this will be a good film, but it's now one that I have no interest in.
  • Lou, do you know which theater will house the premiere?

    I'd love to see this element of the festival held downtown, perhaps at the Indiana State Museum?
  • Another change for Heartland. The opening night event will be held at the Murat Theatre.
    --Lou Harry
  • The Murat is a great choice!
  • Sorry if this is a dupe but got an error posting.

    As much as I don't like Miram-Ax, it is good to see this premier. The Heartland festival continues to grow and prosper. Not only is it a great even in its own right, it's a great representation of Indy and helps to raise the city's cultural profile nationally.

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