2008 HFF Opening Night Announced  

The 2008 Heartland Film Festival kicks off October 18, with The Boy in the Striped Pajamas headlining the nine days of festivities.

Presented by Miramax Films, Boy is based on the best-selling novel by John Boyne.  Bruno is a young boy living in the midst of World War II.  When his father, an officer in Hitler’s army, takes a new job, Bruno’s discovery of a young boy on the other side of a tall fence will take him on a journey from innocence to a dawning awareness of the adult world around him.

The October 16 event marks the North American premiere of the movie, which opens for a theatrical run on November 7.  Actor David Thewlis (of Harry Potter fame), author John Boyne and writer/director Mark Herman are all expected to attend the evening, as well as participate in a Q&A after the film.

With such a coup to get the 2008 Festival going, this year’s Opening Night venue is none other than The Murat Center in downtown Indy.  The shift means hundreds of additional seats for fans of the Festival who’ve always wanted to get in on the fanfare of special events like this one.  Tickets to the screening are just $12; for the screening and admission to the reception afterwards are only $25.  (The Q&A is included in the screening-only ticket.)

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and our flagship event, the annual festival, have a vision that film can change culture, one audience at a time.  The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is a film that resonates on every level and one that can – and will – change you.

Purchase your tickets through any Ticketmaster outlet (via the Festival site) or directly at the Murat box office.  Make plans today to be a part of the biggest kick-off Heartland Film Festival has ever presented!