Japanese director Hamaguchi wins Silver Lion at Venice film festival

Japanese film director Hamaguchi Ryusuke's "Evil Does Not Exist" has won the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize at the 80th Venice International Film Festival in the competition section.

Winners in each section were announced on the final day of the festival on Saturday.

The Golden Lion for the best film was won by Greek Director Yorgos Lanthimos' "Poor Things."

Hamaguchi's film is a story about a village in a rich natural environment. Its residents are confronted with a plan to build a campsite and related facilities catering to tourists. The villagers eventually learn that the project would negatively impact their water supply and local ecosystem.

He had received major awards at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. The award at Venice adds to his accolades encompassing the three major international film festivals.

Following the ceremony, Hamaguchi told reporters that he was filled with emotion thinking how lucky he was to have worked with the team to make the film when he went on stage to receive the award.

He also said that he had not anticipated his film would be nominated for the competition section and get the award. Hamaguchi said that he considers he got the best prize he could imagine.