Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s DRIVE MY CAR, Based on a Haruki Murakami Short Story, to Premiere This Week

Drive My Car

Beginning Wednesday, November 24

Film at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater – 165 W. 65th Street
Film Forum – 209 W. Houston Street

Film at Lincoln Center: $15/$12 seniors, students, and persons with disabilities/$10 matinee
Film Forum: $15/$11 seniors, students, persons with disabilities, children 12 and under/$9 members

Sideshow and Janus Films are releasing Drive My Car in New York City at Film Forum and Film Society of Lincoln Center on November 24. Based on the Haruki Murakami short story of the same name, Drive My Car is directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. The Official Entry from Japan for Best International Film at the 94th Academy Awards, the film is one of the most acclaimed titles of the year.

About the Film

Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is an accomplished stage actor and director who is directing a production of Uncle Vanya at a theater festival in Hiroshima. Misaki (Tôko Miura) is the reticent young woman hired by the theater company to be his chauffeur. Takatsuki (Masaki Okada) is the mysterious actor with whom Yusuke has an uncomfortable connection. Oto (Reika Kirishima) is Yusuke’s late wife, who continues to haunt him two years after her unexpected death. Yusuke balances his complex relationships with this trio and, with the help of his driver, confronts the painful truths of his past.

Hamaguchi uses quiet emotion to tell the story of love, loss, betrayal, and acceptance.

Accolades for Drive My Car

The film premiered this year at Cannes, where it received a nomination for the Palme d’Or and won the FIPRESCI Prize, the Ecumenical Jury Prize, and Best Screenplay. It also earned Best Screenplay and Best Feature Film at the 14th Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Winner of the Silver Hugo Award and the Audience Award at the Chicago Film Festival, the film is a recent Gotham Award nominee for Best International Film. Currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, Drive My Car has shown at TIFF, NYFF, BFI London Film Festival, and AFI Fest.

Were to Watch

Drive My Car opens at Film at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater and Film Forum starting on Wednesday November 24. For showtimes and to purchase tickets, please visit Drive My Car’s website.