Thursday, June 09, 2011

A Unique Giveaway: Book & Movie Passes for "Bride Flight"

Hello blog readers -- today I have a unique giveaway to offer you.  As you know, I haven't been doing many contests, but this one caught my attention because the book and film appeal to me personally.  Literature in translation + historical setting + a story about women on an international journey... who can beat that?

"Bride Flight" is a brand new historical film that's based on Marieke van der Pol's recent novel of the same name.  It opens in US cities starting on Friday, June 10th, then expands across the country through July. I'll be looking to see if it comes to Champaign-Urbana.

Music Box Films, a major distributor of non-English language feature films in the United States, is sponsoring a giveaway of three copies of Marieke van der Pol's novel Bride Flight.  As a bonus, a pair of movie passes will be provided to the three winners, for a Mon-Thurs screening at a participating theater in their area.  (Winners would provide the theater name if this is of interest... see the film's website and click on Screenings at the top to see participating theaters and dates.)

More about the film:



Only love and regret last forever

“Fascinating, beautifully acted and magnificently photographed.” -- Rex Reed, NY Observer

BRIDE FLIGHT is a lavish romantic drama inspired by the true story of the 1953 KLM flight that won the “Last Great Air Race” from London to Christchurch. The flight was dubbed “Bride Flight” by the international press, because of its special passengers -- young women with wedding dresses in their suitcases, traveling to join their fiancés who had already emigrated to New Zealand. 

Leaving behind the gloom and scarcity of post-WWII Europe, shy but sensual farm girl Ada, dogmatic Marjorie, and Jewish fashion designer Esther are filled with hope for a future of love and freedom. Each takes a very different journey in their strange new land, but together with handsome bachelor Frank, their paths continue to cross with chance meetings resulting in adultery, betrayal and near tragedy leading up to a reunion fifty years later. 

Honored with Audience Awards at film festivals across the country, BRIDE FLIGHT evokes a time of slim choices and desperate optimism, with sweeping views of the New Zealand countryside, stunning period dresses, and the faint smell of Pinot Noir from the thriving vineyard Frank establishes in New Zealand. (A Music Box Films release.)

Directed by Ben Sombogaart. Stars Waldemar Torenstra, Karina Smulders, Anna Drijver, Elise Schaap, Rutger Hauer, Pleuni Touw.

The original novel was published by Portobello Books (UK) in paperback earlier this year.  It was translated from the Dutch by Colleen Higgins.  I have a copy in hand for myself and will be reviewing it here sometime soon.

Because this contest is for the film's US release, this offer is limited to US residents only. Deadline is Sunday, June 19th, after which I'll be randomly selecting and contacting the winners. Good luck to all entrants!
(Note: form removed when contest expired)


  1. This sounds like a great book and a great movie!

  2. I'm the little kid dancing around, hand clenched at opposite elbow, propping a waving hand in the air yelling Me! Me! Me! In my head, of course. It would be a little disturbing otherwise.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  3. Good luck, and thanks for entering! I've been reading positive reviews about the film so hope it comes closer to my area than Chicago.

  4. That's a really striking two-word, two-syllable title! And as a writer, I'm all in favor of women's treks, even if they're only internal ones.