Great news for Murakami fans—and no, it’s not a library, a bossa nova show, a video game, or a limited run of T-shirts. Making its festival debut at Cannes this year and already appearing on most-anticipated lists is director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s feature adaptation of Murakami’s short story “Drive My Car.” (Yes, that’s the short story with which Murakami offended an entire city and then had to apologize.)
Drive My Car, the only Japanese movie screening at Cannes this year, has been chosen to compete for Cannes’s Palme d’Or. And Hamaguchi is fresh off another film festival win—this year he took home the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlin Film Festival for another feature, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy.
Post-Cannes, Drive My Car will be released in Japan in late August; a US release hasn’t been announced yet, so you’ll have to watch this trailer and short scene (English subtitles are available) to tide you over until you can see the whole thing. Or listen to a Murakami-themed playlist. Or meet a mysterious woman.