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A haunting and entirely unexpected new cinematic experience from the Oscar winning director of DRIVE MY CAR, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, EVIL DOES NOT EXIST is tense eco-thriller set on the rural outskirts of Tokyo. Following Takumi and his eight-year-old daughter Hana, whose quiet lives are interrupted when two business people from Tokyo visit the town to propose a “glamping project” for city-dwellers who want an easier camping experience. Despite the project’s numerous flaws, including it destroying a local watering hole, it becomes obvious the proposal was only tokenistic and the lives of not only Takumi and Hana, but all the town’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 people and nature. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It also won Best Film at London Film Festival.
Grand Jury Prize WINNER – Venice Film Festival 2023
Best Film WINNER – London Film Festival 2023
Thursday 18th April
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Hitoshi Omika, Ayaka Shibutani, Ryûji Kosaka, Ryo Nishikawa, Hazuki Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Miura
Japanese, with English subtitles
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