Dogmilk Films and Jugend Ohne Film Present The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)


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

a film directed by C.W. Winter & Anders Edström

Dogmilk Films is very excited to announce the Australian premiere screening of award winning film The Works and Days (Of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin), directed by C.W. Winter & Anders Edström on Wednesday 26th of January, in partnership with Jugend Ohne Film at Tempo Rubato.

“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 feature from directors C.W. Winter & Anders Edström, is an eight-hour fiction film 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 description of the work and non-work of a farmer. A portrait, over five seasons, of a family, of a terrain, of a sound space, and of duration itself. It is a film that takes the time to spend time and hear people out. A film-as-adaptive landscape. A georgic in five books. Featuring a performance by Tayoko Shiojiri that binds fiction and actual bereavement into a heartbreaking indeterminability.

The Works and Days is the second fiction feature from C.W. Winter & Anders Edström. It premiered at the 2020 Berlinale where it won the Golden Bear for Best Film in the new Encounters section. The film went on to win the Grand Prize at the 2021 Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra, and the Prix One + One at International Film Festival Entrevues Belfort It is the follow-up to their film, The Anchorage, 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).

This screening will be its first ever in the southern hemisphere, and will follow the filmmakers’ suggested screening itinerary, beginning at 11am, with 3 intermissions across it’s 8-hour runtime.

“Whenever somebody asks me what this film is about, I say: the surfaces of windows and the sound of crickets. It’s not more inaccurate than anything else. It’s a film about coexistence. Fiction exists between trees, memories only appear because the moon is shining, wind also brings the music we like to listen to.” – Patrick Holzapfel, Jugend Ohne Film

“A day spent in darkness, a 480-minute wager that the long take is not the only path to duration. A sustained look at a family and the land it works, at once intimate and expansive. More than a film to watch, The Works and Days is an experience that engulfs.” – Erika Balsom, Artforum

Duration: 480 mins

Screening date + time: Wednesday 26th January, 11am – 8.45pm (including intermissions) Ticket prices: $16.5

Capacity: 75 people

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About Dogmilk Films:

Dogmilk Films is an independent filmmaking collective with members in Naarm/Birrarung Ga (Melbourne), Makassar (Indonesia) and Mparntwe (Alice Springs) dedicated to the promotion and production of alternative and ambitious cinema.

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About Jugend Ohne Film:

Jugend ohne film is a vienna-based film journal founded by Patrick Holzapfel. Beginning as a personal blog 10 years ago, it has now become a bilingual publication with a roster of contributors assisting

with and sharing Holzapfel’s ideals.

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