Evil Does Not Exist

Dir: Ryusuke Hamaguchi (2023)


WINNER: Silver Lion: Venice Film Festival 2023

WINNER: FIPRESCI Award: Venice Film Festival 2023

WINNER: Best Film: London Film Festival 2023

WINNER: Best Film: Asian Film Awards 2024

WINNER: Jury Grand Prize, Asia Pacific Screen Awards

WINNER: San Sebastian: Green Peace Award

WINNER: Best Score: Asian Film Awards 2024


The winner of the Venice Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize, Oscar winning director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s eagerly awaited follow up to Drive My Car is a profound eco-parable that takes place in the regional outskirts of Tokyo.

 In Harasawa, a tiny village located deep in the forest, single father Takumi and his eight-year-old daughter Hana live a simple life surrounded by pristine lakes, mountains and roaming deer. 

 Their quiet lives are interrupted when agents from a Tokyo urban development company visit the town proposing a 'glamping project' - a resort for city vacationers looking for nature experience but not keen to get their hands dirty.

 When Takumi and the townsfolk's warnings that the development will pose a threat to the delicate ecological balance of the area are ignored by the agents. It becomes apparent the lives of not Takumi and Hana, but all the area's inhabitants will change. Featuring a staggering finale that will spark debate long after the credits, Evil Does Not Exist is a quiet and thought-provoking masterpiece about the delicate balance between humanity and nature. 

Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Year: 2023

Country: Japan

Language: Japanese

Run Time: 105 MIN

Rating: CTC

A brilliant piece of work”  - Deadline

“A complex and mysterious drama” ★★★★ - The Guardian

“A gorgeous eco-fable” ★★★★ - Time Out

“Will have you pondering long after it has ended” ★★★★ - Cinevue

 “It gets under the skin and lingers” ★★★★ - Shadows on the Wall

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