Drive My Car (ドライブ・マイ・カー) [In-Person Only]
$13 General Admission
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** Japan’s official entry to the 94th Academy Awards; winner of Best Screenplay, the FIPRESCI Critics’ Prize, and Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival **
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, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car is a haunting road movie traveling a path of love, loss, acceptance, and peace.
(Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Japan, 2021, 179 min, in Japanese, Korean, English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Indonesian, German & Malaysian with English subtitles)
Stills and description courtesy of Janus Films.
“It’s an intricately structured drama about love and loss, and the ways in which art can and can’t compensate for some of life’s disappointments. I’ll be surprised if I see a more absorbing movie this year, or a better one.” – Justin Chang, NPR
“Hamaguchi’s touch — delicate, precise, restrained, gentle — overwhelms in increments. His reserve is essential to his visual and narrative approach but also feels like a worldview.” – The New York Times
“The film’s meticulous commitment to unhurried emotional introspection might appear to be an overindulgence when considering its three-hour runtime, yet Hamaguchi and co-writer Takamasa Oe gracefully unfurl Murakami’s original story into a melancholy meditation of pain and performance that remains ever-enthralling.” – Paste Magazine