“The first rule in farming is that you are never to hope for an easy way. The land demands your effort.” The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) is an eight-hour fiction shot for a total of twenty-seven weeks, over a period of fourteen months, in a village of forty-seven inhabitants in the mountains of Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. It is a geographic description of the work and non-work of a farmer. A portrait, over five seasons, of a family, of a terrain, of a soundscape, and of duration itself. A georgic in five books.
C.W. Winter, Anders Edström
C.W. Winter was born in California. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts where he studied closely under Thom Andersen, James Benning, and Allan Sekula. His writing has appeared in Cinema Scope, Moving Image Source, Purple, and Too Much. He currently teaches at the Royal College of Art.
Anders Edström was born in Sweden. His work is widely published and has exhibited at such venues as the Musée d'Art Moderne (Paris), the Centre Pompidou, and the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt. He has released five books including Hanezawa Garden, Safari, and Waiting Some Birds a Bus a Woman/Spidernets Places a Crew.
The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) (2020), The Anchorage (2009), One Plus One 2 (2003)
Berlinale, International Film Festival Entrevues Belfort, IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival