This year’s QCinema lineup is stacked. This holds true even if we take into account just the following two films they have on import: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Wheel of Fortune And Fantasy and Drive My Car.
In a press release, QCinema’s festival director, Ed Lejano, said they made sure the experience “will be worth the wait” and have “lined up the best.” Hamaguchi’s films, both decorated in their respective festival premieres (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale while Drive My Car won Best Screenplay at Cannes), are at par with the local fest’s previous imports like the black-and-white version of Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite from last year.
Wheel of Fortune And Fantasy is an anthology told in three segments exploring stories about women who find themselves in “an unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap, and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding.”
Drive My Car, an adaptation of the Haruki Murakami short story, is a road trip movie that follows “a widower stage actor and director who was happily married to his playwright wife.” On a work trip to Hiroshima, he kindles a friendship with a female chauffeur.
Both films are set to have in-person screenings at the Gateway Cineplex 10, along with nine other acclaimed foreign films. Note that you can only catch the two films in said screenings.
To those still cautious about watching in theaters, you can catch QCinema’s competing shorts as well as the Asian Shorts section online via KTX.ph in addition to Gateway screenings.
Watch the trailers for Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy and Drive My Car below: