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Narrative Feature | Japan | 2023 | Japanese | 105 minutes

Directed by Academy Award® winner Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (DRIVE MY CAR, HIFF 2021), EVIL DOES NOT EXIST is an empathetic, simmering slow burn. In the rural Japanese village where Takumi (Hitoshi Omika) and his young daughter live, tensions rise when two agents arrive with plans to build a glamping site for tourists. As villagers react to the catastrophic ecological damage they believe would result, the agents attempt to change their minds, while also wrestling with their own culpability. Punctuated by Eiko Ishibashi's melancholy score, this profound drama asks the viewer to contend with both the growing threat of environmental capitalism and the costs to those tasked with the dirty work. A Sideshow/Janus Films release.

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