Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films


Special Screening

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Meg Ryan / Feature Narrative / United States of America / 2015 / 96 min / Colour / DCP2K
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Drama, War
Qatar Premiere


With ‘Ithaca’, her directorial debut, celebrated actor Meg Ryan proves herself to be a consummate storyteller. Taking as its source William Saroyan’s 1943 novel ‘The Human Comedy’, the film is a story of wartime told in fragments and vignettes that remind us that, in the end, war is always the domain of dead young men and their heartbroken mothers.
Marcus Macauley has been stationed in Europe, where he tells an orphaned fellow soldier about his family back in Ithaca. These tales chiefly involve Marcus’s younger brother Homer, who as the film opens takes on a job as a telegraph messenger – employment that involves delivering entirely too many messages giving news of the deaths of young men in battle. Nevertheless, Homer is determined to be the best messenger Ithaca has ever seen.
Reflecting the emotional schizophrenia of wartime, the film oscillates from warm, coming-of-age sequences that bring to mind the comical innocence of Norman Rockwell to scenes heavy with the uneasiness of Edward Hopper and the harsh iciness of the loss of innocence. Supported by brilliant performances, Ryan’s sure-handed direction gives a small family in 1940s America the power to speak out clearly and decisively against a world forever embroiled in conflict.


Meg Ryan
Erik Jendresen
Janet Brenner, Laura Ivey, Erik Jendersen
John F. Lyons
Production Designer
Stephanie Carroll
John Mellencamp
Andrew Dunn
Sales Company
The Exchange
Production Company
Co-Op Entertainment, Apple Lane Productions, Pilothouse Pictures, Playtone
Selim Ramia & Co.
Alex Neustaedter, Jack Quaid, Spencer Howell, Sam Shepard, Meg Ryan, Hamish Linklater, Tom Hanks

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