a film directed by C.W. Winter & Anders Edström
“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 dramatic feature from directors 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 soundscape, and of a passage of time. A film-as-adaptive-landscape. A georgic in five books.
PANORAMA-CINÉMA—<a href="http://www.panorama-cinema.com/V2/critique.php?id=1549" target="blank"><i>De l’arbre d’une vie et d’un champ de radis</i></a> by Ariel Esteban Cayer “There will be no more monumental film this year than *The Works and Days*…Its risk-taking, its ingenuity of means, its variety of methods, and its multiplicity of references separate *The Works and Days* from other duration exercises in cinema…It is undoubtedly one of those rare films to contain, humbly, just about everything of a lifetime.” CINEMA SCOPE—<a href="https://cinema-scope.com/cinema-scope-magazine/the-land-demands-your-effort-c-w-winter-and-anders-edstrom-on-the-works-and-days-of-tayoko-shiojiri-in-the-shiotani-basin/" target="blank"><i>The Land Demands Your Effort</i></a> by Mark Peranson “C.W. Winter & Anders Edström’s eight-hour *The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)* premiered in the initial Encounters competition at the Berlinale, where it was the deserved winner…[A] brief introduction does no justice to the experience of watching *The Works and Days*, an utterly confident, magisterial effort that will stand the test of time.” FILM COMMENT—<a href="https://www.filmcomment.com/article/currents-the-works-and-days-of-tayoko-shiojiri-in-the-shiotani-basin/" target="blank"><i>Currents: The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)</i></a> by Jordan Cronk “Where such daunting length might suggest something tedious or one-note, *The Works and Days* is constantly shape-shifting, mixing ravishing landscape imagery and scenes of day-to-day labor with bustling dinner sequences and moments of alcohol-fueled camaraderie among an extended coterie of friends and fellow farmers...No mere feat of observation, this is a marvel of cinematic immersion...Now more than ever, *The Works and Days* speaks to the power, beauty, and necessity of the theatrical experience.” LE POLYESTER—<a href="http://www.lepolyester.com/critique-the-works-and-days-of-tayoko-shiojiri-in-the-shiotani-basin/" target="blank"><i>La traversée du temps</i></a> by Nicolas Bardot “This is not the story of a picturesque country setting; it is instead about how Edström and Winter squeeze out the experience of a place: by a litany of images but also by an absence of images, by a richness of sound but also of silence…The film 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 — but in this world hide a thousand worlds closer than we think. Crowned at the Berlinale in the excellent Encounters section, *The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)* is a small masterpiece that one imagines as quite unforgettable.” KINOSCOPE—<a href="https://read.kinoscope.org/2020/09/18/indielisboa-time-warp/" target="blank"><i>Time Warp</i></a> by Patrick Gamble “A verdant epic of agrarian labor and intimate moments, the film’s intimidating runtime is wholly justified, with the slow passage of time generating a form of detached immersion, allowing for a deeper connection with Tayoko and her surrounding environment…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.” PERLENTAUCHER—<a href="https://www.perlentaucher.de/berlinale-blog/2020/02/29/filmkritik-zu-the-works-and-days-of-tayoko-shiojiri-in-the-shiotani-basin-von-c-w-winter-und-anders-edstroem-encounter-berlinale-2020.html" target="blank"><i>Miteinder, met der Natur</i></a> by Jochen Werner “The most format-busting contribution to the already format-busting (and brilliantly curated) new section Encounters…The pictures arranged by Edström are modest, each not pushing itself to the fore, but over the course of the eight hours we spend in and with the film, these images accrete into a cinematic place where we increasingly like to be…Then there is the sound that is not only extremely present over the entire eight hours, but that continually gathers into a foregrounding over the images…In individual sequences, this foregrounding shifts so much that the film literally transforms itself into a sound art work, and these moments radiate beyond themselves…In this wonderful film, Winter and Edström invite us to spend a day with these people, experiencing how they live, how they work, tell stories, do nothing, and are simply with each other and with nature.” MOVIEBREAK—<a href="https://www.moviebreak.de/film/the-works-and-days-of-tayoko-shiojiri-in-the-shiotani-basin" target="blank"><I>*The Works and Days* (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)</i></a> by Jakob Jurisch “It is a film not about waiting for something, but about the condition of waiting itself, which the film captures immersively and masterfully…*The Works and Days* meets and negates the Slow Cinema movement with a dynamic editing speed…It almost seems paradoxical that it is precisely the film’s narrative distance that makes the life of Tayoko and Junji so tangible…A life in full attention to both the cosmos and to eternal hustle and bustle. The mountain village stands in for this conscious life and feels more like a piece of home with every advancing film minute…*The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)* is perhaps the most conceptually daring of the extra-long films. With an enveloping staging and a meditative narrative structure, the directors allow a piece of life to unfold on the screen through their meticulous observation.” FILM PARLATO—<a href="http://filmparlato.com/index.php/numeri/14/item/298-the-last-things-before-the-last-4-the-works-and-days-of-tayoko-shiojiri-in-the-shiotani-basin-c-w-winter-anders-edstroem" target="blank"><I>*La Magnifica Omissione*</i></a> by Edipo Massi & Erik Negro “The natural and the cyclical. Destiny as the corporeality of myth. Looks and acts. What endures. And a potential future. In this torrential film by C.W. Winter and Anders Edström, all this takes shape slowly, as in a burly and dense novel that delves into the depths and in which, from the particular, blossoms a vision of the universal. We should first start with the title, as it always should be with great films. Works and days, a declination of daily life that finds its essence in the minimal and nearly imperceptible movement of objects and affects. Like a (micro) family cosmology that slowly reveals itself, peacefully, minimally…An anthropological and metaphysical ritual on the flow of things…An act of magical realism where the sounds themselves become a space for evocation and continuous perspectival change…Here then is a formal approach in which existential drama, be it even death, appears only as a necessary and transitory moment, almost absorbed by the surrounding nature…The strength of all this fresco remains a certain suspension, not giving a precise shape to those who live in the novel, a turbid swarm of life that escapes being overly-ordered by thought and writing. It is a unique, poetic phrasing…evoking both a presence of the past and an absence of certain aspects of the present…The visual and associative grammar of this mass of images, which goes beyond the simple meditative experience, essentially starts from a space and allows the stories it contains to flow into existence…Here is the ghost of Ozu as an evocation of generations and identities, in every timid, ostensible, and elegiac hint of a past in false starts. Tayoko reads off-screen, as if by chance, from minimal diaries, so similar in their power to the famous ones of Ozu, with that light and crystalline touch tracing aspects of life almost unseen…Here is the blossoming of life, making relevant what is marginal, with the expression of the smallest moment, even the most casual and inadvertent, and the pure revelation of it all…The manifestation of something that comes from within, the expression of duration, tangible, visual, and practicable in its soundscape. There are confessions and stories in the film that have the fragility of memory and an impression that provokes epiphany…And it is precisely the editing, which in this film seems the doing of a sublime worker camouflaged in the landscape, creating an amazement of the unexpected, a rewriting that brings us into the temporary presents to which we are constantly called. And finally let's go back to the extreme, yet very simple, conceptualization of that title. To Hesiod (*Ἔργα καὶ Ἡμέραι, Erga kài Hemérai, The Works and Days*) and perhaps to Rossellini, to his *The Iron Age*, to the inevitability of the condition of man forced to work in order to survive, but at the same time an ode to virtue and to open space, to an existence from which is revealed the essence of dignity…In this, every spatial form shows itself in its definitively temporal aspect; a great game that only cinema, and perhaps some great novels, can access.”
70° Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear | Best Film Encounters
Cast, Crew, and Technical Specs
Directed by C.W. Winter & Anders Edström Produced by: C.W. Winter, Anders Edström, Wang Yue Co-Produced by: Helen Sara Jones, Naomi Wright Associate Produced by: Hu Mengchu, Jay Keitel, Hiroharu Shikata, Yoshiko Shiojiri, Sandro Fiorin Tayoko: Tayoko Shiojiri Hiroharu: Hiroharu Shikata Ryo Sasaki: Ryo Kase Junji: Kaoru Iwahana Mai: Mai Edström Kagawa: Jun Tsunoda Director of Photography: Anders Edström Production Technical Advisor & Support: Jay Keitel Round 2 Production Support: Aaron Pagniano Round 4 Production Support: David Parson Additional Camera: C.W. Winter Production Stills: Anders Edström Camera Department Assistants: Christoffer Rutström, Ida Lehtonen Studio Assistant: Robin Rådenman Additional Assistant Camera: Nils Edström, Yumi Deguchi, Aya Matsuzaki Edited by: C.W. Winter Assistant Editor: Daniel Brodie Technical Consultant: Dave Motion, Wang Yue Supervising Editor: Antony Langdon Additional Editing: Anders Edström Pre-Editing Consultant: Dominique Auvray Post-Production Prep: Andrew Knight Editing Department Assistant: Riley Hanyue Shen Additional Editing Department Assistants: Anna Hogg, Casey Horgan, Matthew Lax, Bex Pannett, Rajee Samarasinghe, Brandon Thomas Editorial Production Assistance: Max Bowen Re-Recording Mixer: Rob Walker Production Sound Mixer/Sound Designer: C.W. Winter Supervising Sound Editor: Alex Outhwaite Mix Technician: Paul Williams Foley Recordist: Adrian Sandu-Yota Foley Editor: Baptiste Waneukem Sound Editor: Stelios Koupetoris Sound House: Creativity Media: London Creativity Media Managing Director: Patrick Fischer Sound Post-Production Supervisors: Sabrina Salome, Jennifer Eriksson Sound Consultant: Roland Heap Colorists: Dirk Meier, Tobias Schaarschmidt, Jason R. Moffat DI Supervisor: Patrick Heck Picture Post-Production Supervisor: Ute Aichele VFX Supervisor: Holger Hummel Compositing Supervisor: Matthias Wäsch Compositing Artist: Henriette Adel Grading Facilities: Studio Mitte: Berlin Visual Effects: Celluloid VFX: Berlin Title Design: Lucas Quigley Fumiko: Fumiko Shikata Takashi: Takashi Iwasaki Hiroshi: Hiroshi Yamaguchi Hiromi: Hiromi Shikata Mitsuru: Mitsuru Shikata Misue: Misue Kubo The clinician: Gentaro Yura The former mayor: Yasuo Shikata The cable radio announcer: Noma Momoyo Eīchiro: Eīchiro Taniguchi Elin: Elin Odelberg Nils: Nils Edström Yoshiko: Yoshiko Shiojiri Ulla: Ulla Edström Elin: Elin Hamrén Marcus: Marcus Harrling Noriyuki: Noriyuki Shikata Haruna: Haruna Shikata Shin-chan: Shinnosuke Shikata Yu-chan: Yūnosuke Shikata Hisa: Hisako Shikata Tadashi: Tadashi Saito Masako: Masako Shikata The carpenter: Akio Suzuki Nurse: Yurimi Ohnyu Misuzu: Misuzu Sagane Sayumi: Sayumi Shikata Partygoer 1: Kazusi Kataoka Partygoer 2: Masahide Sagane Partygoer 3: Tadaki Shikata Partygoer 4: Tokuji Adati Partygoer 5: Yasuda Shingo Partygoer 6: Tadahiro Koshiga Partygoer 7: Hirokazu Kuge Partygoer 8: Masaru Taniguchi Partygoer 9: Nobuya Sakato Partygoer 10: Masahiro Shinzaki Partygoer 11: Osamu Yokota Partygoer 12: Mitsuru Ogino Alumi: Alumi Agribusinessman 1: Hisaya Deguchi Agribusinessman 2: Nobuo Okai The kuge: Shunta Nose The servant: Kazuo Kawasaki The soldier: Atsushi Hayashida Hitoshi: Hitoshi Yamazaki Mitsuno: Mitsuno Okuno Elin: Filippa Ronquist Calypso: Calypso Dump truck driver: Takanori Goto Onsen patron 1: Masayuki Enokizono Onsen patron 2: Takumi Kido Onsen patron 3: Akihito Nomura Onsen patron 4: Norihito Yoshida Gas company guy 1: Mishima Akinori Gas company guy 2: Hirofumi Watanaba Ryusyo: Ryusyo Kitagawa Yasuo: Yasuo Fukui Mikio: Mikio Tatefuji Hajime: Hajime Shiojiri Masayuki: Masayuki Kobayashi Hitoshi: Hitoshi Yamazaki Housecall doctor: Tetsuo Fujii Harumi: Harumi Shikata Self: Anders Edström Self: C.W. Winter NPC: Masahiro Motoki Wardrobe: Yoshiko Shiojiri Stunt Driver: David Parson Pre-Production Liaison: Pete Weiss U.S. Production Assistance: Zan Robertson U.K. Production Assistance: Mengyun Han, Sohin Hwang, Josie King, Jack McGoldrick Japan Production Assistance: Shintaro Suenobu, Momoko Imanaka Round 3 catering: Deco Ishiguro Translation: Hiroe Kaji, Aoi Nishino, Si Yaqin, Eiko Soga Additional Translation: Temitope Ajileye, Fumi Band, Jeremy S. Chen, Anders Edström, Mai Edström, Nils Edström, Yuka Maeda, Mariko Maekawa, Marie Nakagawa, Mike Perrin, Tomoyo Smith, Sohin Hwang, Filippa Ronquist, Theodora Ulli Chapter Poems Translated by: Yoel Hoffman from *Japanese Death Poems: Written by Zen Monks and Haiku Poets on the Verge of Death* © 1986 Charles E. Tuttle Publishing Co., Inc. DCP Subtitling: Babelfisch Translations: Berlin Research Librarian: Clare Hills-Nova With the staff of the Sackler Library, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford And the staff of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford Official Site: Beau Johnson *Shiotani*: published by AKPE Books Photographs by Anders Edström. With texts by Jeff Rian and C.W. Winter Music Supervisor: Irma de Wind Music Editing: C.W. Winter LP: *The Works and Days: The Black Sections* LP Mastering & Production Coordinator: Stephan Mathieu at Schwebung Mastering: Bonn LP Mastercut by: Andreas [LUPO] Lubich at Loop-O Mastering: Berlin LP Pressing: Monotype Pressing: Warsaw Music: “Thursday, May 5, 1977 & Friday, May 6, 1977: Part 4” Performed by Tony Conrad Used by arrangement with the Tony Conrad Estate “Sethwork” Performed by Phill Niblock Used by arrangement with Phill Niblock “Even Now, Still I Think” Performed by Keiji Haino Published by Zoom Republic Recording courtesy of Tokuma Japan Communications “Pipe Dreams” Performed by Mary Jane Leach Used by arrangement with Mary Jane Leach “What?? (Second Version)” Performed by Folke Rabe Used by arrangement with the Folke Rabe Estate “2011” Performed by Tim Berne & Bill Frisell Written by Tim Berne Published by Party Music BMI Recording courtesy of Minor Music Records/Screwgun Records “What?? (Second Version)” Performed by Folke Rabe Used by arrangement with the Folke Rabe Estate “Ceremoniolose” Recorded by Graham Lambkin Used by arrangement with Graham Lambkin “Kugiuchi” Performed on-screen by Akio Suzuki Used by arrangement with Akio Suzuki “Music on a Long Thin Wire (Side A)” Performed by Alvin Lucier Used by arrangement with Alvin Lucier “Triptych: Part 1” Performed by Éliane Radigue Used by arrangement with Éliane Radigue “A Third Trombone” Performed by Phill Niblock Used by arrangement with Phill Niblock “5 Movements for String Quartet, Op.5: 5. In zarter Bewegung” Performed by Emerson String Quartet Written by Anton Webern Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon Under licence from Universal Music Operations Limited “Present Past” Performed by Kenny Wheeler Written by Kenny Wheeler Published by ECM Records/Verlag GmbH Used by arrangment with ECM Records Courtesy of ECM . Under licence from Universal Music Operations Limited “Tenor Solo” Performed by Joe McPhee Written by Joe McPhee Used by arrangement with Joe McPhee Under license from Astral Spirits “B Minor Waltz (For Ellaine)” Performed by Bill Evans Written by Bill Evans Published by TRO Essex Music Group Recording courtesy of Fantasy, a Concord company “Gary’s Theme” Performed by Bill Evans Written by Gary McFarland Published by Parkland Music. Recording courtesy of Fantasy, a Concord company “We Will Meet Again (For Harry)” Performed by Bill Evans Written by Bill Evans Published by TRO Essex Music Group. Recording courtesy of Fantasy, a Concord company “The Peacocks” Performed by Bill Evans Written by Jimmy Rowles Published by Memory Lane Music LTD. OBO Kudu Music Recording courtesy of Fantasy, a Concord company “Gnu Suite” Written by Kenny Wheeler Published by ECM Records/Verlag GmbH Used by arrangement with ECM Records Courtesy of ECM . Under licence from Universal Music Operations Limited “Foxy Trot” Performed by Kenny Wheeler Written by Kenny Wheeler Published by ECM Records/Verlag GmbH Used by arrangement with ECM Records Courtesy of ECM. Under licence from Universal Music Operations Limited a General Asst. production with co-production by Silver Salt Films Produced at The Ruskin School of Art and Wolfson College, Oxford with the generous support of: The Clarendon Fund, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, The Japan Society of the UK, and Hong Kong–Asia Film Financing Forum Camera: Blackmagic Cinema Camera 2.5 Lenses: 16mm & 25mm Zeiss Super Speed for Super 16 Sound recorder & mixer: Roland R-88 Microphone: Sennheiser 416 Equipment: Sanwa Cine Equipment: Tokyo, Yodobashi Camera: Kyoto Codec: Apple ProRes 422 HQ Editing: Adobe Premiere Pro Specs: Stereo, Color, HD, Aspect Ratio 1.5:1 TRT: 480 minutes Languages: Japanese, Swedish, English Film Typefaces: Monotype Plantin. Frank Hinman Pierpont (1913) after Robert Granjon (c. 1550) Monotype Bembo. Stanley Morrison (1929) after Francesco Griffo (c. 1495) Primary Location: Shiotani, Ayabe-shi, Kyōto-fu, Japan Additional Locations: Kyōto-shi, Japan; Södra Stavsudda, Sweden Titles: *The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)* 仕事と日（塩谷の谷間で) 일과 나날 (시오타니 계곡의 시오지리 다요코의) 工作与时日 工作與時日 *Werke und Tage (der Tayoko Shiojiri im Shiotanibecken)* *Les Travaux et les jours (de Tayoko Shiojiri dans le bassin de Shiotani)* *Trabajos y días (de Tayoko Shiojiri en la cuenca de Shiotani)* *Os Trabalhos e os Dias (de Tayoko Shiojiri na Bacia Shiotani)* Written 2010-2016 Production 2014-2016 Post-production 2016-2020 Festival Premiere 2020 Theatrical Release 2021 © 2020 General Asst. USA/Sweden/Japan/UK
TOKYO FILMEX: Tokyo, Japan; October 30 – November 7, 2020 VIENNALE: Vienna, Austria; October 22 – November 1, 2020 BUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Busan, South Korea; October 21 – October 30, 2020 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL: New York, USA; September 17 – October 11, 2020 BELDOCS: Belgrade, Serbia; September 3 – September 10, 2020 INDIELISBOA: Lisbon, Portugal; August 25 – September 5, 2020 BEIJING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Beijing, China; August 22 – August 29, 2020 TAIPEI FILM FESTIVAL: Taipei, Taiwan; June 25 – July 11, 2020 BERLINALE: Berlin, Germany; February 20 – March 1, 2020
*The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)* is the second feature from C.W. Winter & Anders Edström. It is the follow-up to their film, <a href="http://www.theanchoragefilm.com" target="blank"><i>The Anchorage</i></a>, which won the Filmmakers of the Present Golden Leopard for Best Film at Locarno Film Festival and won the Douglas E. Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Their film/video work has shown at such venues as the Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Centre national de la photographie (Paris), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Fotomuseum Winterthur, NRW-Forum (Düsseldorf), the Harvard Film Archive, Anthology Film Archives, the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus), Centre de cultura contemporània de Barcelona, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and the National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto). C.W. Winter was born in Newport Beach, California. In 2020, he completed his DPhil in Art Practice & Theory as a Clarendon Scholar at The Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford. 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 is currently a Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art. He lives in Oxford, United Kingdom. Anders Edström was born in Frösö, 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 was among the first and most influential photographers from the early days of *Purple* journal. For a decade beginning in 1991, he closely collaborated with Martin Margiela. He has put out five books including <a href="https://mackbooks.co.uk/collections/frontpage/products/hanezawa-garden-br-anders-edstrom" target="blank"><i>Hanezawa Garden</i> (MACK Books, 2015)</a>, <a href="https://www.nieves.ch/723/Safari" target="blank"><i>Safari</i> (Nieves, 2010)</a>, and <a href="https://mackbooks.co.uk/collections/out-of-print/products/waiting-some-birds-a-bus-a-woman-br-anders-edstrom?variant=24252064366656" target="blank"><i>Waiting Some Birds a Bus a Woman / Spidernets Places a Crew</i> (SteidlMACK, 2004)</a>. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
*Shiotani* A 677-page monograph featuring twenty-three years of photographs taken in and around the village of Shiotani, the shooting location of *The Works and Days*. | By Anders Edström. With texts by Jeff Rian and C.W. Winter. Coming soon. *The Works and Days: The Black Sections* A sound collage LP that emerged out of the production material of *The Works and Days*. | By C.W. Winter. Featuring musical excerpts from Tim Berne & Bill Frisell, Tony Conrad, Graham Lambkin, Mary Jane Leach, Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Folke Rabe, Éliane Radigue, and Akio Suzuki. Mastered by Stephan Mathieu. Coming soon.
CANADA: <a href="https://acephale.ca/the-works-and-days-of-tayoko-shiojiri-in-the-shiotani-basin/" target="blank">Acéphale</a> FRANCE: <a href="https://capricci.fr/wordpress/product/les-travaux-et-les-jours/" target="blank">Capricci Films</a> JAPAN: <a href="http://shimafilms.com" target="blank">Shima Films</a> USA: <a href="https://grasshopperfilm.com/film/the-works-and-days/" target="blank">Grasshopper Film</a>