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Evil Does Not Exist (12A)

A man stands with his young daughter at the edge of a pond, both dressed in winter clothing.

Ryusuke Hamaguchi's (Drive My Car) tense drama questions whether rural peace can fight against urban gain, when an upscale camping site threatens a small village near Tokyo. 

In a rural village near Tokyo, Takum and his daughter Hana live a modest life within the cycles of nature. When plans to build a glamping side near Takumi's home become public, giving city-dwellers a chance to 'escape to nature', it becomes clear that the development will risk to polluting the local water supply.

In competition for the Golden Lion at the 80th Venice International Film Festival, Evil Does Not Exist explores what happens when urban ambitions clash with rural peace. An increasingly unsettling film, Ryusuke Hamaguchi teams up again with composer Eiko Ishibashi for the sinister yet ecologically grounded soundtrack.

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2024 Japan dir Ryusuke Hamaguchi 106 min

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