The movie

Evil Does Not Exist

Takumi and his daughter Hana live in Mizubiki Village, close to Tokyo. One day, the village inhabitants become aware of a plan to build a camping site near Takumi's house offering city residents a comfortable \"escape\" to nature.

Length: 106 min
Country: Japan
Language spoken: Japans
Language subtitles: Nederlands
Cast: Hitoshi Omika, Ryô Nishikawa, Ryuji Kosaka
Director: Hamaguchi Ryusuke
Release date: 2023

Description

\"Deep in the forest of the small rural village Harasawa, single parent Takumi lives with his young daughter, Hana, and takes care of odd jobs for locals, chopping wood and hauling pristine well water. The overpowering serenity of this untouched land of mountains and lakes, where deer peacefully roam free, is about to be disrupted by the imminent arrival of the Tokyo company Playmode, which is ready to start construction on a glamping site for city tourists—a plan, which Takumi and his neighbors discover, that will have dire consequences for the ecological health and cleanliness of their community.\"

The film was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 80thInternational Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and the FIPRESCI Award from the International Federation of Film Critics. It was awarded Best Film at the 2023 BFI London Film Festival.

Reviews

The Guardian
"Ryu Hamaguchi’s enigmatic eco-parable eschews easy explanation”