July 24 & July 25, 2021
The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)
(Dir. C.W. Winter & Anders Edström, 2020)
Exclusive Los Angeles theatrical premiere!
C.W. Winter in person!
11:30 AM daily
12:00 PM daily
Lumiere Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) is an extraordinary eight-hour fiction feature shot for a total of 27 weeks, over a period of 14 months, in a village of 47 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. It is a film that takes the time to spend time and hear people out, with a performance by Tayoko Shiojiri that binds fiction and actual bereavement into a heartbreaking indeterminability.
TRT: 480 min. There will be two 15-minute breaks and one 60-minute intermission over the course of each screening.
An utterly confident, magisterial effort that will stand the test of time.
- Mark Peranson, Cinema Scope
At once intimate and expansive. More than a film to watch, The Works and Days is a film that engulfs you.
- Erika Balsom, Artforum
The best movie of the year. A tremendous cinematic pleasure. An unforgettable picture and sound experience... A film that will remain in the history of cinema.
- Agnès Wildenstein, La Internacional Cinéfila
A masterpiece... Abolishes all relevance of a border between fiction and documentary and makes us live a rare and overwhelming immersion in a particular place, a secret world.
- Nicolas Bardot, La traversée du temps
A verdant epic of agrarian labor and intimate moments... Certain films, like certain landscapes, stay with you long after you leave them, and The Works and Days is one such film — a tender and unforgettable portrait of a community on the brink of extinction.
- Patrick Gamble, Kinoscope
(Available to download after screening date)