Drive My Car

New Japanese Cinema

SOLD OUT | Drive My Car

Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
(Japan, 2021, Digital, in Japanese with English subtitles)

#1 | Best Movies of 2021
“A masterpiece about life and death and art . . . a work of pure cinema.” —Manohla Dargis, New York Times

One of 2021’s most-awarded films, Drive My Car is an immersive, character-driven drama about a happily married stage actor/director whose life is turned upside down when his playwright wife dies. He accepts a directing assignment from a theater festival in Hiroshima, where he is assigned a female driver with whom he develops a close bond. Director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi mines the stories of the ensemble cast and crew, creating a truly absorbing narrative, full of unexpected revelations.

Drive My Car made history as the first Japanese film ever to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. It is also nominated for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best International Feature. The 2022 Oscars ceremony takes place March 27.

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The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; Nina and Michael Zilkha; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Franci Neely; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Lois Chiles Foundation; ILEX Foundation; and L’Alliance Française de Houston.

Drive My Car

Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
(Japan, 2021, 179 minutes)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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