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Belknap Global Conversation with Filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Fri, 9/23 · 5:00 pm7:00 pm EDT · Betts Auditorium

Humanities Council; Department of East Asian Studies; Department of Comparative Literature, the Program in East Asian Studies; Committee for Film Studies; Princeton Public Library

The Humanities Council is pleased to host a Belknap Global Conversation with award-winning director and screenwriter Ryusuke Hamaguchi, and Princeton faculty Anne Cheng (English), Steven Chung (East Asian Studies), Thomas Hare (Comparative Literature), and Gavin Steingo (Music).

Hamaguchi is among the most thoughtful and original filmmakers working in global cinema today. Across diverse genres, technical experimentations, and production modalities, he has forged a vision of how film can capture the pitfalls and promises of human communication. His most recent film, the hypnotic and challenging Drive My Car (2021), won multiple international awards, including Best Screenplay at the 74th Cannes International Film Festival and Best International Feature at the 94th Academy Awards.

Thomas Hare (Comparative Literature) will introduce the speakers, after welcome remarks by Humanities Council Acting Chair Tera W. Hunter (History, African American Studies).

The Belknap Global Conversation is co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Program in East Asian Studies, the Committee for Film Studies, and the Princeton Public Library.

Open to the public, with a reception immediately following. Current guidance for visitors regarding COVID-19 may be found on the EHS Visitor Policy page.


This event is part of Conversations, a celebration of Hamaguchi’s films, hosted by the Department of East Asian Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the Program in East Asian Studies. During this series, Hamaguchi will engage the Princeton community over the course of a week in residence. A mini retrospective of his more recent films, including Drive My Car, will screen throughout the week at the Garden Theater. Most generously, he will lead a series of workshops through which a small number of students will develop and produce short films. More information about public events can be found on the Conversations website.

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