Drive My Car from Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi has been awarded the Grand Prix by members of the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci).
The film will receive the award on September 16 at the opening gala of the 70th San Sebastian International Film Festival (SSIFF, Sep 16-24) where it will also be screened.
After premiering at Cannes in 2021, Hamaguchi’s drama, about a grieving actor who forms an unlikely bond with his chauffeur, went on to win the Oscar for best international feature and a string of other high-profile awards including a Bafta and an Asia Pacific Screen Award.
Any title released after July 1 2021 was eligible for the Grand Prix, which was voted for by 646 critics from around the world.
The other four finalists were Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza; Jane Campion’s The Power Of The Dog; Ruben Östlund’s Triangle Of Sadness and Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person In The World.
Last year’s Grand Prix went to Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland.