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Heartland International Film Festival featuring its most star-studded lineup for 30th anniversary

Oscar contenders "Belfast," "King Richard," "The Power of the Dog" and "Spencer" will be screened at the Indianapolis film festival.

INDIANAPOLIS — The lineup is out for the 30th anniversary of the Heartland International Film Festival.

The star-studded list of 143 films includes 10 world premieres and nine U.S. premieres.

There will be screenings of films that generated plenty of Oscar buzz out of Telluride, Toronto and Venice film festivals, including: 

  • "Belfast" — Kenneth Branagh's coming-of-age film centers on a young boy growing up in the capital of Northern Ireland in the late 1960s.
  • "C'mon C'mon" — Joaquin Phoenix stars as an artist who unexpectedly takes care of his young nephew.
  • "Flee" — An animated documentary about a man sharing his story of fleeing his country as a refugee that could derail the life he's built for himself and his soon-to-be-husband.
  • "The French Dispatch" — Wes Anderson's latest film is a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city.
  • "The Hand of God" — Director/writer Paolo Sorrentino tells the story of a boy growing up in Naples, Italy in the 1980s.
  • "King Richard" — Will Smith stars as Richard Williams, who is determined to make his daughters, Venus and Serena, tennis legends.
  • "Mass" — The parents of a victim of a school shooting meet in-person with the parents of the shooter.
  • "The Power of the Dog" — Benedict Cumberbatch stars as a charismatic rancher who torments his brother's new wife and her son until he realizes he may be in love.
  • "Spencer" — Kristen Stewart plays the late Princess of Wales as her marriage to the Prince has dwindled, but is hoping for something different around this holidays.

The festival's opening night film is "Julia," a documentary on legendary cookbook author and television star Julia Child. "Julia" will screen Thursday, Oct. 7 at Newfields at 7 p.m.

The Heartland International Film Festival ends with a screening of "The Electric Life of Louis Wan" on Sunday, Oct. 17 at Newfields at 7 p.m. The biopic stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the artist who gained fame in the 19th century for his surreal cat paintings.

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"After three decades, the Heartland International Film Festival has cemented itself as a major awards season stop while continuing to showcase impactful independent features from around the world," said Heartland Film Artistic Director Greg Sorvig in a news release. "Our team has worked hard to curate a program for this special milestone, and the caliber and variety of these titles will thrill both new and long-time attendees."

The Heartland International Film Festival runs Oct. 7-17 with in-theater screenings at five locations: 

  • Kan-Kan Cinema & Brasserie
  • Living Room Theaters
  • Historic Artcraft Theatre
  • Newfields
  • Indianapolis Art Center (outdoor picnic-style) 

All 143 films will have in-person screenings, and many of the films will also be available to view virtually.   

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