Meg Ryan Hits Qatar Film Festival with directorial debut ‘Ithaca’
The fourth Ajyal Youth Film Festival (30 November to 5 December) presented by the Doha Film Institute is excited to bring to Qatar audiences a special screening of Meg Ryan’s directorial debut, in the presence of the celebrated filmmaker. Marking her first turn directing a movie, Meg Ryan is teaming with Tom Hanks to make Ithaca, the film adaptation of William Saroyan‘s classic 1943 novel The Human Comedy. In addition to directing, she’ll star opposite Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid, Meg Ryan’s son. In Doha the acclaimed actor will discuss her film with the young jurors and will also be presented with the Ajyal Honorary Award, to celebrate her inspirational career.
Set in a small town in California’s San Joaquin Valley in 1942, Ithaca recounts the story of 14-year-old Homer Macauley, a telegraph bike messenger. His older brother has gone to fight in World War II, leaving him to care for his widowed mother, his older sister and his four-year-old brother, Ulysses. The effects of the war are revealed as Homer delivers messages of love, friendship, pain and death, including one message that alters his own life forever.
Fatma Al Remaihi, Festival Director and CEO of Doha Film Institute, said, “The heartwarming and poignant film will resonate with our jurors, as it deals with the subject of self-discovery, values of familial bonding and the re-kindling of hope in tough situations. Meg Ryan has earned her rightful position as one of the most successful actors on the big screen, with an impressive filmography that spans more than three decades. She is an inspiration to people of all ages.”