Golden Globes 2022: 'Drive My Car' wins Best Non-English Language Motion Picture
Based on the novel by Haruki Murakami, 'Drive My Car' now adds a Golden Globe to its long list of accolades.
Being nominated for a Golden Globes is undoubtedly an honor. One of the most exciting categories is certainly the Non-English Language Motion Picture as it brings some of the best movies from across the globe under one category. It helps broaden the audience's horizon for international films and gives global talent the due credit it deserves. With some stellar names competing in this year's category, the movie that bagged the award for Best Non-English Language Motion Picture is 'Drive My Car' (Japan).
As per the Golden Globes website, the movie is summarised as -- "Nishijima Hidetoshi is a stage actor and director happily married to his playwright wife. Then one day she disappears." The nominees for Best Non-English Language Motion Picture included 'Compartment No. 6' (Germany,Russia,Finland), 'The Hand of God' (Italy), 'A Hero' (Iran,France) and 'Parallel Mothers' (Spain)
The official Golden Globes Award Twitter handle tweeted -- "Congratulations to all the nominees and an extra special congratulations to Drive My Car on the #GoldenGlobe for Best Non-English Language Motion Picture."
What is 'Drive My Car' about?
Based on the novel by Haruki Murakami, 'Drive My Car' is directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi. The screenplay was adapted by Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe. The movie stars Hidetoshi Nishijima as Yūsuke Kafuku, Tōko Miura as Misaki Watari, Masaki Okada as Kōji Takatsuki and Reika Kirishima as Oto Kafuku, Kafuku's wife.
'Drive My Car' tells the story of Yūsuke Kafuku, a theatre actor married to Oto, a film screenwriter. The pair lost their four-year-old daughter to pneumonia, and Kafuku is also aware that Oto is having an affair with a younger man but is afraid of losing her. However, he later finds her dead in their home after she suffers a brain hemorrhage. Two years after her death, he goes to Hiroshima for a two-month residency with a theatre program, where he is all set to direct Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya'. Here, he meets Misaki Watari, who is hired to drive him around. Kafuku is not thrilled by the idea as he is possessive about his car but caves in. An unlikely bond forms between the two, where they regret the past, but Kafuku insists that the only way to move on is by living.
In addition to the Golden Globes, 'Drive My Car' has won multiple awards so far, including three Cannes Film Festival Awards -- Best Screenplay, the FIPRESCI Prize and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.
You can watch the trailer here.