Drive My Car

Drive My Car won the Oscar 2022 for best international film

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“Drive My Car,” based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, was directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who is also nominated for co-writing the script. Drive My Car is nominated for best picture as well. In addition, it received nominations for best picture, best-adapted screenplay, and best director for Hamaguchi.

It marks the sixth time a Japanese film has received the award, and the first time since 2008.

In a brief statement, Hamaguchi thanked the Academy and was almost pushed off stage before saying “just a moment,” and proceeded to thank both the performers in attendance and those who couldn’t make the trip to Los Angeles.

Drive My Car depicts the tale of an actor and stage director, Hidetoshi Nishijima, who travels to Hiroshima following the loss of his wife to present Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya.” The theatrical festival’s organisers arrange for him to be chauffeured by Misaki, a quiet young woman played by Toko Miura. During their commutes, a bond develops that is neither romantic nor platonic, but ultimately leads each of them to a personal reckoning.

The picture, like all of Hamaguchi’s work, is full of rich conversation, particularly in the driving sequences, which provide lots of catharsis moments at close quarters.

Last year, it won the best script at Cannes before going on to win best foreign-language picture at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.

“Asako I & II,” Hamaguchi’s previous commercial feature, was likewise a Cannes success, having been nominated for the Palme d’Or at the French festival in 2018.