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4 - 18 May 2024: Evil Does Not Exist


Evil Does Not Exist
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, 2024, 105 min

Urban ambitions clash with nature in a quiet village near Tokyo in this eco-fable from the director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi. Takumi and his daughter Hana live in Mizubiki Village, close to 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.

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