Director: Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
Language: VOSE | VOSC
Three stories driven by chance and imagination in which the lives of the female characters are marked by their choices and regrets. An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap and an encounter arising from a misunderstanding form a triptych of tales linked by memory, deception and destiny. The word imposes itself on the image, overflowing its limitations in the construction of a narrative that relies on the complicity of its characters.
After graduating from the University of Tokyo, Hamaguchi worked in the commercial film industry for a few years before entering the graduate film program at Tokyo University of the Arts. He made his festival debut in 2008 with his graduation film Passion at San Sebastian and Tokyo FILMeX. Since then he has not stopped working in film. His films include the Japanese-Korean co-production entitled THE DEPTHS (2010) and a series of documentaries (Tohoku Trilogy) co-directed with Ko Sakai from 2011 to 2013. In 2015, his 317-minute feature Happy Hour won major awards at numerous film festivals including Locarno. His first commercial feature, Asako I & II was selected to compete at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. He is also the screenwriter of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s The Spy’s Wife, which won the Silver Lion at the 2020 Venice Film Festival. This year he won the Grand Special Jury Grand Prix in Berlin with Guzen to sozo. Drive My Car (2021) won the Best Screenplay Award and the FIPRESCI at the Cannes Film Festival.