Evil Does Not Exist

classified 15 S

Please note: This was screened in April 2024

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Hitoshi Omika, Ryô Nishikawa, Ryûji Kosaka
106 mins, Subtitled, 2023, Japan
Primary language

From Ryusuke Hamaguchi, the director of the Oscar®-winning Drive My Car, comes a drama about a community fighting to preserve its principles and the integrity of their natural world.

Takumi and his daughter Hana live in Mizubiki Village, close to Tokyo. Like generations before them, they live a modest life according to the cycles and order of nature. When the residents are told of a plan to erect a glamping site in their area, they realise the effects of the project will endanger the ecological balance of the plateau and their way of life.

Evil Does Not Exist is a polished and patient piece of storytelling, contemplating nature, work and community. It's also a deserved winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival, and Best Film in London Film Festival.

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