Drive my car is a 2021 2 hour 59 minute drama film directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, written by Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe. The film revolves around the story of a theatre director who is dealing with the death of his wife while also directing the famous play of Uncle Vanya. The film stars TÅko Miura, Park Yu-rim, Jin Dae-yeon, Sonia Yuan, Ahn Hwitae, Perry Dizon, Satoko Abe, and Masaki Okada. Drive My Car premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, where it competed for the Palme d'Or and won three awards, including the award for the Best Screenplay.
Awards and Achievements: The film received immense recognition and even praise from critics for its direction, declaring it the best film of 2021 It was nominated for four awards at the 94th Academy Awards, winning Best International Feature Film, apart from receiving various different awards. Drive My Car was the first Japanese film to receive a Best Picture nomination and has since been called one of the best films of the 2020s and of the 21st century. It also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film as well as the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film. The film was nominated for a total of 83 awards, winning 50, and received international success globally following the praise it received during the Oscars. This is an amazing thematic film about loss, grief and moving on.
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