[PT 3] The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin)

Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
City Hall Wing, B1 National Gallery Singapore
Entry Notes
Dress Code: Smart and Casual
Available Date(s)
28 Oct 2021
07:30 PM - 10:00 PM

About this Event

The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) PART 3 [Southeast Asian Premiere]

Director: C.W. Winter and Anders Edström
Year: 2020
Runtime: 130 min [PART 3]
Country: USA / Sweden / Japan/ UK
Language: Japanese, Swedish, English (with English subtitles)
Rating: To be advised

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) follows Tayoko Shiojiri and his family, who live in a valley in Kyoto Prefecture in Japan surrounded by fields and mountains. In a community where hard work bears fruit (as long as nothing diverts its course), their lives are strictly regulated by the requirements of the land and the particularities of the seasons. Filmed over 27 weeks, the film adheres to this same regimen, with the editors constantly re-weaving the narrative threads as diligently as farmers would till their land.

A geographic description of 14 months of the work and non-work of Tayoko in the mountains of Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, this documentary feature is a stunning ode to the pastoral in five books. The film won the Best Film of Berlinale Encounters Competition in 2020.

“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.” – Film Comment

Watch trailer here.

This film is part of Still Somehow, It’s Illusions We Recall, a film programme presented by the Singapore Art Museum in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition, The Gift. Drawing on the exhibition’s theme of affinities and entanglements, the programme features responses to our current state of unprecedented disruption and isolation. The series of films conjure and reconfigure familiar aspects of life in ways that are intimate, yet alienating. The intertwining themes found in these filmic narratives present an avenue for collective introspection, and open up possibilities for the reanimating of a new and future self.

The film programme will run from 1 October to 4 November 2021, with on-site screenings in the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium and Level 5 Theatrette at National Gallery Singapore. It features the Singapore premieres of feature-length and short films, as well as pre-screening introductions hosted by film curator, Jeremy Chua.

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