Heartland Film Festival packing star power with Jessica Biel

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Heartland Film Festival kicked off its 25th year in Indianapolis with a movie that gets to the heart of the matter.

"The Book of Love" asks the question, "How far would you go for a lost love?"

Actress Jessica Biel answered that question on the red carpet Thursday before the movie's premiere at the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

"I'm sort of a hopeless romantic, as I think maybe a lot of people are. I don't know. I think I would go a pretty long way," Biel told Eyewitness News.

In the movie, Biel plays a pregnant woman who is killed in a car accident. Her husband in the film, Jason Sudeikis, finds his way through the grief by befriending a homeless teen.

"It's kind of a redemptive story and it's a really heartwarming and touching story, but sort of looking at crisis and tragedy with a smile and knowing that you have this humor in your life to get through the hard times," Biel explained.

Biel, who also co-produced "The Book of Love" was pregnant during the filming. The actress is married to Justin Timberlake. The couple have a one-and-a-half-year-old son.

"I'm still working out the balance as I'm sure every working mom or working dad is constantly having to find that perfect balance," Biel said of motherhood. "You know, measure between how much can you be at home and how much are you able to really be an independent human being. I'm working on it."

The movie's screening at Heartland gets right to the heart of another actor who is featured in the film, Richard Robichaux.

"Being in Indianapolis is amazing, because I actually found my love here," said Robichaux. "I worked at Indiana Repertory Theater with my girlfriend, who is now my wife, and we were here on September 11 and fell deeply in love.

"We have two children together, so we wanted to be here at this festival for that reason."

Heartland is known as an independent film festival with films that inspire and uplift. The stars of "The Book of Love" say this movie fits the bill.

"Being at Heartland, I think it's the perfect film festival for it because this movie has so much heart," said Robichaux.

The festival runs for the next 10 days and features 138 movies from 29 countries.

This week fans can expect to see Golden Globe-winning actor Brian Dennehy, who will accept a lifetime achievement award. Rory Feek will also attend. He directed and wrote the film "Josephine," a love story set during the Civil War. Also, Indiana native Dr. Kent Brantley, who survived Ebola, is featured in a film called "Facing Darkness."