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After being named the first runner-up for the People’s Choice Award at least year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the comedy-drama “Learning to Drive” finally hits theaters this weekend. In an industry dominated by men, the comedy-drama brings a wave of powerful female talent both in front of and behind the camera, including Spanish director Isabel Coixet, writer Sarah Kernochan, producer Dana Friedman and stars Patricia Clarkson, Sarita Choudhury, Grace Gummer and Samantha Bee.
“Learning to Drive” focuses on the unlikely friendship between Wendy (Clarkson), a no-holds-barred literary critic whose husband just left her, and Darwan, a kind Indian cab driver. Over the course of several driving lessons, the two bond while talking life, relationships and the meaning of friendship.
In the exclusive featurette above, the cast and crew talk about how important the involvement of women was to the final product. As Kingsley says in his closing comments, “The empowered female director has such a confident grasp of human behavior. I would like to make a personal plea to work with more ladies, please.”
“Learning to Drive” hits select theaters tomorrow.