The John Ford Symposium, which has been held annually since 2020, is an event that brings together experts from film history, including film critics, directors and producers, to share their knowledge and experience in the industry. This year’s conference, which will all be available on the John Ford Symposium website, features some of the most exciting panel discussions with some of the best award-winning filmmakers and respected directors of all time.
John Fords Ireland has long been known as one of the top film making centers in the world, with many famous international and national artists originating from Ireland, including Michael Oher, Jim Sheridan and John Fiennes. This year, the Dublin-based festival will take another big step forward, as it will launch The John Ford Film Festival, which will take place in Ireland during the first half of November.
There are five international films that will be featured at The John Ford Ireland International Film Festival, which will be hosted by the Irish Film Council. Some of the featured films include:
“Ladies of Lourdes” – Jimmy Miller (Kevin Kline) was a troubled teen who committed suicide. He became the inspiration for the Oscar winning film “Lone Survivor,” and his story will be explored in this movie directed by Timur Bekmambetov.
“Ladies of Lourdes” is a true story about the real-life story of Jimmy Miller. It was filmed over a three-week period in 1954, during which Miller suffered both emotional and physical abuse at the hands of his own father.
“The Birth of A Nation” is also scheduled to be featured on a special “DVD” screening of this year’s John Fords Ireland International Film Festival. Directed by Natalia Ghoddosova, this award-winning documentary is a look into the historical process of crafting the most celebrated movie of the 20th century, which earned itself nine Academy Awards.
“Dirty Pretty Things” is another film featured in the John Fords Ireland International Film Festival, which chronicles the lives of two women whose personal stories were intertwined with the making of Melville’s “Moby Dick.” The film stars Greta Scacchi and Meryl Streep.
“Jerry Maguire” is a true story of how an aspiring teenager landed the starring role of his life, as well as an Academy Award. Directed by Michael Mann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, this film earned multiple awards at the 1998 Oscars, and is considered one of the best movies ever made about teenage Hollywood.
“The John Ford Movie Tour” will feature more than three dozen international films in the Irish-language section of the John Ford Film Festival, which will be held in Cork, in addition to the usual international film screenings and special presentations. The John Ford Ireland International Film Festival will be held in Galway, Belfast, Manchester, Chicago, Paris, Vancouver, and Tokyo, among other major film cities.