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Drive My Car | NZ

WINNER of Best International Picture at The ACADEMY AWARDS | OSCARS

Based on the Haruki Murakami story.
Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s DRIVE MY CAR charts a winding road trip through love, loss, truth and peace.

Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), 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 Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900.

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi | 2021 | Japan | MA15+ […]

Tickets | Cinemas below:
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Drive My Car. Reviews and Quotes

★★★★★  a profoundly beautiful film.
Daily Telegraph

★★★★★  It is an engrossing and exalting experience.
The Guardian

★★★★★  It feels as expansive as the whole world.
Washington Post

★★★★★  It’s beautiful in every conceivable way.
San Jose Mercury News

★★★★★   Drive My Car is one of 2021’s best films
MovieFreak.com

★★★★★   …vehicular poetry of the sorrow from which we run, the collisions that awaken us, […]

Drive My Car | Academy Award WINNER | Out DIGITALLY and on DVD

Dir. by Ryusuke Hamaguchi | 2021 | Japan | MA15+

Based on the Haruki Murakami story.

*WINNER of Best Foreign Film at The 2022 ACADEMY AWARDS*

Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s DRIVE MY CAR charts a winding road trip through love, loss, truth and peace.
Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima), 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 Misaki Watari (Toko Miura), a taciturn young woman assigned by the festival to chauffeur him in his beloved red Saab 900. […]

Drive My Car | Awards

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi | 2021 | Japan | (MA15+) AUS | (M) NZ

Based on a story by Haruki MURAKAMI.

WINNER of Best International Film: OSCARS | ACADEMY AWARDS 2022

WINNER of 9 Japanese Academy Awards including; Best Picture and Best Director.
WINNER of Best Picture Non-English Language: Golden Globes 2022.
WINNER of Best Foreign Language Film: Critics’ Choice 2022.
WINNER of Best Picture Non-English Language: BAFTAS 2022.
WINNER of Best Asian Film: AACTA: Australian Academy of Cinema & […]

Santo and Dracula’s Treasure and Live Mexican Wrestling – at The Astor

PLUS Live Mexican Wrestling

Director Rene Cardona’s Mexican Cult Classic AND Live Mexican Wrestling from Melbourne’s own LUCHA FANTASTICA at The Astor Theatre on Monday February 21 at 7pm.

MA | directed by Rene Cardona| 1969 | Mexico | 84 mins

SANTO AND DRACULA’S TREASURE. Mexican wrestler El Santo invents a time machine. After somebody uses the machine to find the hidden location of Dracula’s treasure, El Santo must hunt down the vampire.

 

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi | 2021 | Japan | 121 Mins | MA15+

WINNER of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize –  71st Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)

An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding. WHEEL OF FORTUNE AND FANTASY explores three female-centred short stories thematically linked by coincidence, regret, and imagination.

“In the place where dialogue and words usually end, the dialogue of this film only begin. That’s when they go deeper, […]

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn…

Dir. Radu Jude | 2021 | Romania | 106 Mins | R18+

Winner of the prestigious Golden Bear at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival, BAD LUCK BANGING (OR LOONEY PORN) is an outrageous Romanian comedy satirising the sensitivities of modern culture.

Emi (Katia Pascariu), a school teacher, finds her career and reputation under threat when a personal sex tape is leaked to the Internet. Forced to meet the parents demanding her dismissal, Emi refuses to surrender to their pressure.

Director Radu Jude (Aferim!) delivers an incendiary mix of unconventional form, […]

Three Summers

Dir. Sandra Kogut | 2019 | Brazil | 94 mins | PG

A charming, funny and biting comedy from Brazil. Over the timespan of three Christmases, Three Summers charts the progress of an irrepressible housekeeper as the fortunes of her rich and corrupt employers fail. A film for everyone who loves to see the rise of the underdog.

 

REVIEWS

Three Summers charts the progressive chronology of a working-class rebellion, spearheaded by a charismatic domestic employee whose constant yet feigned state of happiness belies a great personal trauma. […]

The Cliff – TV Series (MA15+)

Dir. by Reynir Lyngdal | Iceland | 8 x 45 mins | Rated MA15+

The Cliff is a dramatic mystery about a Reykjavik Crime Detective who is sent to a small rural community in Iceland to help a young local policewoman investigate a suspicious accident. Together they unravel a mystery that involves bizarre incidents and unexplained deaths, happening against the backdrop of a controversial hydroelectric project in Iceland.

The Reykjavik crime detective, Helgi Marvin Runarsson is assigned to work with the local police at the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, […]

Citizen Kane

Dir. by Orson Welles | 1941 | 119 mins | PG

Lauded as the #1 GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME!

When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane’s (Orson Welles) dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to staggering heights. Though Kane’s friend and colleague Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten), and his mistress, Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore), shed fragments of light on Kane’s life, the reporter fears he may never penetrate the mystery of the elusive man’s final word, […]