DRIVE MY CAR | Winner of 3 Cannes Awards including Best Screenplay | Winner Best Film – New York and L.A Film Critics Circle
Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy) | Japan, 179 minutes
Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There, he meets Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900. As the production’s premiere approaches, tensions mount amongst the cast and crew, not least between Yusuke and Koji Takatsuki, a handsome TV star who shares an unwelcome connection to Yusuke’s late wife. Forced to confront painful truths raised from his past, Yusuke begins – with the help of his driver – to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind. Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story.
Drive My Car is among the 15 films shortlisted in the International Feature category for the 2022 Academy Awards. The final 10 films nominated in this category are announced February 8, and the Oscars ceremony is scheduled for March 27.
“A MASTERPIECE ABOUT LIFE AND DEATH AND ART…A WORK OF PURE CINEMA.” MANOHLA DARGIS, NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS PICK
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