Drive My Car

Sneak preview December 23 at 7:00 p.m., regular engagement January 6-9 & 13-16 at 7:00 p.m.

(Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 2021, Japan, 180 minutes)

Based on the short story of the same name by beloved Japanese author Haruki Murakami, rising talent Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s newest film, Drive My Car, finds a beloved theatre director, Yusuke Kafuku, deep in mourning at the sudden loss of his wife as he prepares a production of Uncle Vanya for an upcoming festival. With an attentiveness to procedure and a knack for subtle characterization, Hamaguchi brings us along through casting and rehearsals, all the while Kafuku slowly bonds with his driver, Misaki, who is charged with ferrying the director around town in his treasured Saab. Cinematic storytelling at its finest, Drive My Car will appeal to fans of the 2019 Webster Film Series hit Burning—also adapted from a Murakami short story—and has been snatching up prizes everywhere it plays, from Best Screenplay at Cannes to being Japan’s submission to the Academy for this year’s Best International Film category at the Oscars.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

Sponsored by Left Bank Books and Japan America Society of St. Louis.

Sunday, January 16 at 7:00pm

Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119

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