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The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) (Dir. C.W. Winter & Anders Edström, 2020)
Date: July 24 & 25, 2021
Time: 12:00pm daily
Location: Lumiere Music Hall
Address: 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Exclusive Los Angeles theatrical premiere!
C.W. Winter in person!*
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