The International Federation of Film Critics‘ Fipresci Grand Prix for best film of 2022 went to Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Japanese drama Drive My Car.
Drive My Car had its world premiere in Cannes last year, where it won the Cannes Fipresci award for best screenplay. This marked the beginning of a series of awards across the season, culminating with the movie winning this year’s Oscar for best foreign language film. The slow-burning drama was adapted from a short story by renowned Japanese author Haruki Murakami, and it is largely told through conversations between a playwright and his female chauffeur.
Drive My Car defeated this year’s other four Fipresci finalists for the top award: Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, Ruben stlund’s Triangle of Sadness, which won the 2022 Palme d’Or, and Joaquim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World.
In addition to a special showing of Drive My Car, the Fipresci Grand Prix will be awarded on September 16 at the opening gala of the 70th San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Since its inception in 1999, the International Federation of Film Critics has awarded its Grand Prix award every year. Among many applaudable recipients, are, Pedro Almodóvar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Maren Ade, Michael Haneke, Aki Kaurismäki, Abdellatif Kechiche, Chloé Zhao, and Richard Linklater.
Check out the official trailer for Drive My Car here: