Evil Does Not Exist

11 - 17 March 7:30pm - 9:15pm
Duration 1h 45m
Tickets $20
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Evil Does Not Exist

Winner Silver Lion 2023 Venice Film Festival

Winner Best Film 2023 London Film Festival

Takumi and his eight-year-old daughter Hana reside in a forested region of Japan that’s remained largely unsullied by large-scale development. Until now. 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 and the urban developers are determined to move forward regardless of whether locals approve.

Oscar-winning Japanese director Hamaguchi Ryûsuke’s potent and foreboding new film is a haunting, entirely unexpected ecopolitical thriller. Intensified by a rapturous, ominous score by Ishibashi Eiko, this mesmeric tale of an idyllic area in the countryside being threatened by development unfolds at first at the deliberately serene pace of the village itself. As this gripping, mysterious film unwraps, with more than a few surprises, it weaves a captivating cautionary tale about the price of disrespecting nature.