17.00 DRIVE MY CAR / DORAIBU MAI KÂ
Japan, 2021, 179′
Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura, Masaki Okada, Reika Kirishima, Park Yurim…
Two years after his wife’s unexpected missing, Yusuke Kafuku, 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, 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 Koshi 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.
* DRIVE MY CAR, based on Murakami’s short story of the same name from the collection Men without Women, is a favorite for the Oscar for Best International Film ( ex Foreign Language Film category), and was nominated for Best Picture, Directing and Adapted Screenplay. Film was awarded for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival last year and then won the Golden Globe and the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Language Film.