The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)

Anders Edström, C.W. Winter

IndieLisboa 2020 •

Fiction, 2020, 480′

Inspired by the Greek and Latin poems that highlighted the arts of agriculture – like the Works and Days by Hesiod and Georgics by Virgil – this a film that accompanies the farm work of a Japanese family, in a little village next to Kyoto. Fourteen months of shooting translate into a eight-hour film that is a magnificent ode to working, to the land, to the soundscape and the passage of time and the seasons.

Tayoko Shiojuri, a farmer, wife, and woman from a little village next to Kyoto, plays herself in the second feature by C.W. Winter & Anders Edström (The Anchorage) inspired by the Greek and Latin poems on the art of agriculture. Tayoko nurtures her family the same way she nurtures her land, and the Jeanne Dielmann-esque repetition of daily chores, portrayed with the peculiar sensibility of Edström’s camera and enriched with C.W. Winter’s sweeping soundscapes, make their way to one’s consciousness, as do the long hours of the film. The deep connection to Tayoko’s joys and sorrows and the haunting duration of her presence makes one feel with a heartbreaking force both loneliness and peace of living one’s fate, abiding the cycles of nature and the cycles of human life. (Anastasia Lukovnikova)
This is a film that accompanies the farm work of a Japanese family, in a little village next to Kyoto.