EVIL DOES NOT EXIST / Aku wa sonzai shinai
Japan, 2023, 106’
Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Cast: Hitoshi Omika, Ryo Nishikawa, Ryuji Kosaka, Ayaka Shibutani…
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.
Festivals and Awards: Venice Film Festival – Grand Jury prize, FIPRESCI prize