DRIVE MY CAR Hidetoshi Nishijima and Toko Miura

‘Drive my Car’
Introduced by
Dr. Becca Voelcker


DRIVE MY CAR Hidetoshi Nishijima and Toko Miura

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In collaboration with Modern Films, Japan House London is delighted to invite guests to a special free screening of the newly released, multi-award-winning film 'Drive My Car' by Hamaguchi Ryūsuke.

Winner of the Best Motion Picture, Non-English Language award at the 2022 Golden Globes and both the Best Screenplay Award and the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, 'Drive My Car' is adapted from Murakami Haruki’s short story of the same name exploring the themes of love, loss, acceptance, and peace.

Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, a renowned stage actor and director receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theatre festival in Hiroshima. There, he meets a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved car, a red Saab 900. As the production’s premiere approaches, tensions mount amongst the cast and crew. Forced to confront painful truths raised from his past, the protagonist begins, with the help of his driver, to face the haunting mysteries his wife left behind.

The screening, in Japanese with English subtitles, is introduced by Dr Becca Voelcker, film writer and Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Dr. Voelcker’s presentation will be live-streamed online on Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn where a recording will be available following the event.

Please note that this film is appropriate for an audience of 15 years old and over. 

Dr. Becca Voelcker

Dr Becca Voelcker is a Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She earned her PhD at Harvard University in 2021, writing a history of political cinema and environmentalism. Her research areas include histories of feminist filmmaking, East Asian cinemas of resistance, artist film, and experimental documentary. Her writing appears in Screen, MIRAJ, Film Comment, Frieze, Art Asia Pacific, and Sight & Sound. Before her doctoral studies, Becca was awarded a prestigious Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholarship and based in Tokyo. She studied fine art at Goldsmiths College, University of London and film theory at King’s College, University of Cambridge. She grew up bilingually in North Wales. 

The Daiwa Scholarship is 19-month programme of language study, work placement and homestay in Japan, following a month of Japanese language tuition in the UK. Find more information here.