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Yusuke Kafuku, a stage actor and director, still unable, after two years, to cope with the loss of his beloved wife, accepts to direct Uncle Vanja at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There he meets Misaki, an introverted young woman, appointed to drive his car. In between rides, secrets from the past and heartfelt confessions will be unveiled. As they spend time together, Kafuku confronts the mystery of his wife that quietly haunts him.
WINNER of Best Screenplay: Cannes Film Festival 2021
WINNER of Best Film & Best Screenplay: APSA 2021
WINNER of Best Film: New York Film Critics Circle 2021
2022 Japanese entry: Academy Awards (Oscars) for Best Foreign Film
2021 Golden Globe® WINNER
BEST MOTION PICTURE – FOREIGN LANGUAGE
"A profoundly beautiful film"
- Daily Telegraph (UK)
"It is an engrossing and exalting experience"
- The Guardian
"It feels as expansive as the whole world"
- Washington Post
"...vehicular poetry of the sorrow from which we run, the collisions that awaken us, and the healing gained from every bump in the road."
Thursday 10th February
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Masaki Okada, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tôko Miura, Reika Kirishima, Yoo-rim Park
Japanese with English subtitles
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