A film about language, sexuality, trust, and infidelity “adapted by auteur Ryûsuke Hamaguchi from a short story by Haruki Murakami. DRIVE MY CAR is a head-on collision between an emerging filmmaker fascinated by the interior lives of women, and a famous author who…is not. But these two wildly disparate storytellers aren’t the only people vying for control of the wheel in this beguiling gem, as a third major player is soon introduced — legendary playwright Anton Chekhov. A low-key but lingeringly resonant tale. An intimate stage whisper of a film in which every scene feels like a secret.” – IndieWire

Presented with support from the Ada Katz Fund for Literature in Film.



“Critic’s Pick. A quiet masterpiece… a story about grief, love and work as well as the soul-sustaining, life-shaping power of art…”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
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Watch a conversation between Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and Bong Joon-ho (PARASITE) at the Busan International Film Festival here.

“…superb… Art and life blur beautifully in DRIVE MY CAR… A meditation on love, desire, work and grief…three unhurried, wholly immersive hours…”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“A passionate deployment of art as resistance to mortality.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

5 out of 5 stars. “An engrossing and exalting experience.”
– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Exceptionally well-written, with sharp insights on love, loss, marriage, grief, truths on stage and off, and what we may – or may not – know about those closest to us.”
– Pete Hammond, Deadline

“The story of grief, betrayal and the mystery of other people unfolds delicately. A cool minimalist film with a delicate third act in which emotions rise to the surface. (The filmmaker’s) ability to make the rehearsals for the play so intriguing is an art in itself.”
– Isabel Stevens, Sight + Sound

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