Freely adapted from Haruki Murakami’s story of the same name, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s (Happy Hour, Asako I & II) latest film weaves an enchanting narrative around the complexities of human relationships. Yûsuke, a well-known actor and theater director reeling from a series of familial tragedies, is invited to Hiroshima to direct an international production of Uncle Vanya. Against his wishes, he’s assigned a driver, Misaki, a taciturn young woman, who comes from an abusive background. Through their time together in Yûsuke’s red Saab, the two slowly unburden themselves of their personal traumas. Complicating matters further, a brash young actor connected to Yûsuke’s past comes to audition for the play. Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes, Drive My Car is an exquisitely crafted mosaic, where Chekhov’s timeless play refracts the main characters’ attempts at connection amid their respective emotional circumstances and their aspirations to move beyond them. –Rod Armstrong
In Japanese with English subtitles
WEST COAST PREMIERE
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Sunday, Oct 10, 2:00pm, CinéArts Sequoia
Sunday, Oct 17, 3:00pm, BAMPFA
$14 Member | $16.50 General | $15 Senior | $8 Students & Youth (12 & Under)
Born in 1978 in Kanagawa, Japan, screenwriter and director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi is best known for his films Happy Hour (2015) and Asako I & II (2018). This year, his feature Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy won the Silver Bear jury prize at the 2021 Berlin International Film Festival, and Drive My Car won the screenplay award at Cannes.