“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), the second feature from C.W. Winter & Anders Edström, is an eight-hour fiction shot for a total of twenty-seven weeks, over a period of fourteen months, in a village population forty-seven in the mountains of Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. It is a geographic look at the work and non-work of a farmer. A description, over five seasons, of a family, of a terrain, of a sound space, and of a passage of time. A georgic in five books. A film that can, for a day, be somehow lived in.
The Works and Days is a single film with a 480-minute (8-hour) run time. The film will be shown in its entirety with three intermissions: two 15-minute pauses at roughly 1/4 and 3/4 of the way through the film and a longer intermission halfway through. This makes for a total viewing experience of approximately 9 1/2 hours.
C.W. Winter, Anders Edström
United States of America, United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden