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DPhil Graduate C. W. Winter wins at the Berlin Film Festival 2020

Recent DPhil Graduate C.W. Winter has won best film in the Berlin 2020 Film festival 'Encounters' section, the film, The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) was C.W Winter's DPhil Project.

“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 and Anders Edström, is an eight-hour fiction shot for a total of 27 weeks, over a period of 14 months, in a village of 47 inhabitants 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 soundscape, 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 film will be screened in its entirety with three intermissions.

C.W. Winter

Born in Newport Beach, California, USA, he studied at the California Institute of the Arts. He has written articles for “Cinema Scope” and “Moving Image Source”. In February 2020, he completed his doctorate in art practice and theory at the University of Oxford. He has already co-directed The Anchorage with Anders Edström. The film won them both the Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente at Locarno.