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USA: Warner Bros Pictures
UK: Entertainment Film Distributors
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent, Andy Serkis, Eliza Hope Bennett, Rafi Gavron, Jennifer Connelly, Sienna Guillory, Richard Strange, Matt King, Steve Speirs, Jamie Foreman, Stephen Graham, Mirabel O'Keefe, John Thomson, Lesley Sharp, Tereza Srbova
Roger Allam (narrator)
Director: Iain Softley
Countries: Germany / UK / USA
USA & UK: 106 mins
USA Rated: PG for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language
UK Certificate: PG contains moderate fantasy violence and scary scenes
USA Release Date: 23 January 2009
UK Release Date: 12 December 2008
A fantasy adventure that sends a father and daughter on a quest through worlds both real and imagined, INKHEART stars Brendan Fraser as Mortimer "Mo" Folchart, who shares with his 12 year-old daughter, Meggie (Eliza Hope Bennett), a passion for books. What they also share is an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages.
On one of their trips to a secondhand bookshop, Mo hears voices he hasn't heard for years, and when he locates the book they're coming from, it sends a shiver up his spine. It's Inkheart, a book filled with illustrations of medieval castles and strange creatures—a book he's been searching for since Meggie was three years old, when her mother, Resa (Sienna Guillory), vanished into its mystical world.
But Mo's plan to use the book to find and rescue Resa is thwarted when Capricorn (Andy Serkis), the evil villain of Inkheart, kidnaps Meggie and, discovering she has inherited her father's gift, demands that she bring his most powerful ally to life—the Shadow. Determined to rescue his daughter and send the fictional characters back where they belong, Mo assembles a small group of friends and family—some from the real world, some from the pages of books—and embarks on a daring and perilous journey to set things right.
Based on the book by Cornelia Funke (author/producer), who has written 47 books published in 43 countries, ranging from picture books and short novels aimed at young readers to crossover titles for readers of all ages. With 15 million books sold worldwide to date, Funke is Germany's most successful children's book author of all time.
Principal photography on INKHEART began on location in Liguria, Italy, which is also where Cornelia Funke's original story unfolds.