- The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)
- USA/Sweden/Japan/United Kingdom2020
- C.W. Winter, Anders Edström
- 480 DCP
- August 15, 2021 11:00
- August 22, 2021 12:00
- September 6, 2021 10:00
“A marvel of cinematic immersion … Now more than ever, The Works and Days speaks to the power, beauty, and necessity of the theatrical experience.”Jordan Cronk, Film Comment
The cinephilic event of the year! A monumental work of long-form film art, this utterly astonishing eight-hour opus, winner of Best Film in Berlin’s innovation-honouring Encounters section, weaves a beautiful, intricate tapestry of everyday life and labour in rural Japan. Set in a small mountain village in Kyoto Prefecture, The Works and Days holds at its centre the quiet story of an elderly farmer (eponymous Tayoko Shiojiri, portraying a version of herself), her family and community. But co-directors C.W. Winter (American) and Anders Edström (Swedish), whose acclaimed debut feature The Anchorage forecast the narrative and formal restraint very much in evidence here, afford equal, sensitive attention to the anatomy of place and the passage of time and seasons around her. (Pillow shots, in the manner of Ozu, are integral to the film’s refined visual sensibilities.) Shot over fourteen months and divided into four parts, the intimate epic—a “topological reworking of the real into the fictional,” says Winter—was wisely withheld from virtual streaming in favour of an exclusively in-theatre release. It’s a decision that appreciates the sensory (if not spiritual) immersion required of the picture’s ample yet understated gifts: its deliberate pacing, delicate sound design, meditative compositions, and slow-blossoming profundity on what it means to be human. A truly singular cinematic experience that mustn’t be missed. In Japanese, English, and Swedish with English subtitles.
Special ticket price: $25
Part I – 100 min.
Part II – 102 min.
Part III – 129 min.
Part IV – 149 min.
The Work and Days will screen in its eight-hour entirety, the duration of a workday. There will be a 15-minute intermission between Parts I & II, a one-hour break between Parts II & III, and a 15-minute intermission between Parts III & IV.
“One of the best films of 2020 … At once intimate and expansive. More than a film to watch, The Works and Days is a film that engulfs you.”Erika Balsom, Artforum
“An utterly confident, magisterial effort that will stand the test of time.”Mark Peranson, Cinema Scope
No passes or Ticket Pack vouchers accepted.