EVIL DOES NOT EXIST
Takumi and his daughter Hana live in Mizubiki Village, near Tokyo. Like generations before them, they live a modest life, according to the cycles and order of nature. One day, the village inhabitants become aware of a plan to build a glamping site near Takumi’s house; offering city residents a comfortable ‘escape’ to nature. When two company representatives from Tokyo arrive in the village to hold a meeting, it becomes clear that the project will harm the local water supply, causing unrest. The agency’s mismatched intentions endanger both the ecological balance of the nature plateau and their way of life, with an aftermath that affects Takumi’s life.
Ryusuke Hamaguchi is a Japanese film director and screenwriter. Hamaguchi, a graduate of Tokyo University and Tokyo University of Arts, attracted attention in his country with the movie Passion (2008), which he shot for his graduation. Hamaguchi first gained international recognition with the film Happy Hour (2015) and followed it up with Asako I & II (2018). He released two films in 2021, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy and Drive My Car, receiving three Academy Award nominations for the latter, including Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best International Feature. He is the third Japanese director nominated for an Oscar for Best Director.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Venice Film Festival – Golden Lion for Best Film
Silver Lion, Grand Jury prize
Premio CinemaSarà Award – Special Mention
Ca’ Foscari Young Jury Award
Premio Fondazione Fai Persona Lavoro Ambiente Award
EVIL DOES NOT EXIST (ff.)
DIRECTOR: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
CAST: Hitoshi Omika, Ryo Nishikawa, Ryuji Kosaka, Ayaka Shibutani
PRODUCTION: Fictive, NEOPA