U.S. premiere to launch Heartland

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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?

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