FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
DRIVE MY CAR
Director: Hamaguchi Ryusuke
Duration: 179 min
V.O Japanese, English, Korean, Korean sign language, German, Mandarin, Tagalog, Indonesian w/Subt. English and Spanish
World Premiere / Competencia Oficial - Festival de Cannes 2021
Premiere Uruguay / JIIFF 2022
Competencia Oficial Festival de Cannes 2021 - Premio Mejor Guión, Premio FIPRESCI (de la Crítica Internacional)
Asian Pacific Awards - Premio Mejor Película y Mejor Guión
Golden Globes 2022 - Nominada Mejor película extranjera
Círculo de Críticos de New York - Mejor Película
Cahiers du cinema - De las 10 mejores películas del año 2021
Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a stage actor and director is happily married to Oto (Reika Kirishima), a screenwriter. However, Oto suddenly dies after leaving behind a secret. Two years later, Kafuku, still unable to fully cope with the loss of his wife, receives an offer to direct a play at a theater festival and drives to Hiroshima with his car. There, he meets Misaki (Toko Miura), a reticent woman assigned to become his chauffeur. As they spend time together, Kafuku confronts the mystery of his wife that quietly haunts him.
Born in 1978. After graduating from the University of Tokyo, he worked in the film industry for a few years before entering the graduate film program at the Tokyo University of the Arts. His graduation film, Passion, screened at San Sebastian Film Festival in 2008 as well as Tokyo FILMeX competition. He has been constantly working on films since then. These include the Japan/Korea coproduction film The Depths (2010) screened in Tokyo FILMeX and a series of documentary Tohoku Trilogy (Sound of the Waves, Voices from the Waves and Storytellers) co-directed by Ko Sakai from 2011 to 2013. His Happy Hour premiered at Locarno and win awards at numerous film festivals. Asako I & II was selected for the competition at Cannes in 2018 and Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at Berlin in 2021. He also wrote the screenplay for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Wife of a Spy, which won the Silver Lion at Venice in 2020.