Venice: Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s ‘Evil Does Not Exist’ Sells in Europe, Asia (Exclusive)

The follow-up to the Academy Award-winning "Drive My Car" from the Japanese director will have its international premiere at this year's Venice Film Festival.

Ryusuke Hamaguchi's new drama Evil Does Not Exist has been picked up by distributors in Europe and Asia before its global premiere at the Venice Film Festival next week.

The Japanese director's follow-up to his Oscar-winning Drive My Car was sold by Berlin-based sales agent M-Appeal to numerous distributors.

The Greek distributor is Ama Films, the Israeli distributor is Lev Cinemas, and the Swiss distributor is Cineworx. Distribution in Iceland will be handled by Njutafilms, and in Denmark and Norway, Njutafilms will partner with local label Another World

 Edko Films, which has distributed a number of Hamaguchi's previous films, will oversee the local release in Hong Kong.

After releasing nearly all of Hamaguchi's films in Hong Kong, Edko Films' general manager of sales and acquisitions, Mandy Lam, believes that the company has created a "unique and personal relationship" between the local audience and the director.

M-Appeal has teamed with Films We Like in Canada, Diaphana in France, Pandora in Germany, Caramel Films in Spain, and GreenNarea in Korea, among others, to distribute Evil Does Not Exist in North America.

Evil Does Not Exist will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival after its world premiere in Venice, and then go to the New York Film Festival, the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and the BFI London Film Festival.

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