The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)
All screenings of The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) begin at 12PM and will play in full with a 15-minute break, an hour-long intermission, and a second 15-minute break.
Five seasons, four parts, eight hours: the dimensions of C.W. Winter and Anders Edström’s film are as incommensurable as its central figure. Tayoko Shiojiri, a vegetable farmer who works and cares for her ailing husband in a small village north of Kyoto, Japan (and who is also Edström’s mother-in-law), is the nominal core of this monumental work, a matriarch whose labor the film observes through precise tableaux, dense sonic collage, and sequences that bend all conventional distinctions between fiction and documentary. Through the film’s workday duration, time itself becomes the subject: in its incremental movement at natural, epochal, and human scales, and through the slow passage of a rural way of life that is fading into the past. A Grasshopper Film release. An NYFF58 Currents selection. Screening at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (144 W. 65th St.).
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Watch the official trailer below.