Learning To Drive
Filmfest 2015

The fiery Manhattan author Wendy, whose husband has just left her for a younger woman; and Darwan, a soft-spoken taxi driver from India on the verge of an arranged marriage – two very different people open their hearts to each other. As Wendy sets out to reclaim her independence, she runs into a barrier common to many lifelong New Yorkers: she's never learned to drive. When Wendy hires Darwan to teach her, her unraveling life and his calm restraint seem like an awkward fit. But as he shows her how to take control of the wheel, and she coaches him on how to impress a woman, their unlikely friendship awakens them to the joy, humor, and love in starting life anew.

tags: Friendship, Comedy, Cultural Conflict, Feature film

Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, Jake Weber, Grace Gummer, Sarita Choudhury


Screenplay: Sarah Kernochan

Original Material: Katha Pollitt

Director of Photography: Manel Ruiz

Film Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker, Keith Reamer

Composer: Dhani Harrison, Paul Hicks

Production Designer: Dania Saragovia

Costume Design: Minji Kim

Sound: Anton Gold

Producer: Dana Friedman, Daniel Hammond

Production Company: Broad Green Pictures

Co-Producer: Susan Leber

World Sales: WestEnd Films

Distributor: Alamode Film, Koch Films GmbH

Director: Isabel Coixet