Evil Does Not Exist

Opening May 31

1 hour 46 minutes

Not Rated

Maine Film Center

Maine Film Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville, Maine

If you saw the fantastic Drive My Car (Oscar winner for Best International Film and one of the best films of this decade), you probably don’t need much urging to see director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s terrific new film, Evil Does Not Exist, set near Tokyo in the beautiful mountain village Mizubiki. The people of the village live in harmony alongside the forest, taking care to preserve the wilderness, but trouble arrives when a development company decides the area upstream would be perfect for a glamping resort. Takumi, a single father and resident of Mizubiki, finds himself the middle man between his neighbors and the company. Tension lurks quietly in Evil Does Not Exist as the two sides struggle to find common ground, a slow burning and quietly violent conflict punctuated by unknown gunshots in the distance that seem to be drawing closer. "The dreamworld of movies often feels at a profound remove from ordinary life, distance that brings its own obvious pleasures. It’s far rarer when a movie, as this one does, speaks to everyday life and to the beauty of a world that we neglect even in the face of its calamitous loss.”—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times.

In Japanese with English subtitles.

This film is eligible for the Youth Arts Access Fund. Call the Box Office at 207.873.7000 to obtain YAAF tickets. Pay it forward! Donate to YAAF here.

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