Day Is Done

Synopsis: A smokestack stubbornly pierces the sky. Trains rumble by down below. Lights come on in the buildings as night falls. There is a man behind the camera, looking for an image -- of himself? Of the world? Of society? By day and night, in rain and snow, he stands filming at the window of his studio. Periodically we hear people leaving messages on his answering machine. They talk about the weather while on vacation and congratulate him on his birthday. His father dies, a child is born, the young family begins to fall apart. Time passes. Slowly the cityscape morphs into the inner landscape of the man behind the camera.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Thomas Imbach
Production: Other German Cinema Distributor
  1 win & 4 nominations.
111 min

Look, how nice it is.

It's wonderful.

It's nice now.

Do you think it's coming soon?

What? The sun?

No, the mountain.

The sun is trying to break through.

It would be even nicer then.

You're really something.

You haven't changed much.

- No?

- No, no.

You were always a little bit like that,

even as a boy. -Restless?

Restless, yes.

But drive carefully, okay?

Yes, I'm a gentle driver.

When you're alone in the car,

you're not so gentle.

You think so? Have you ever been

with me when no one was with me?

No, but...

You have that feeling, right?

I have the feeling and

you also have it.

I have to check my hair.

You're such a rascal.

I want to see that film too.

You don't like scattering them?

No, then you don't

have any keepsake.

- You can have a keepsake anyway.

- What with?

There wouldn't even be a grave.

Yes there would,

you can still go to the grave.

How? If it's on

the peak of the Pilatus?

Hey? Silly thoughts...

- It's really pouring, isn't it.

- It sure is.

All these silly thoughts.

Dad, just look at us.

- We're pretty silly, right?

- Why?

In this downpour,

spending time with you.

Well, you know,

the bright ones,

never get brighter.

If anything, dumber.

Hello Thomas.

We want to wish you

Happy Easter,

but you must be far away...

or maybe you are here,

maybe you'll even come say hello.

You never answered

about the 25th...

of April...

about going to Basel. Father says,

I shouldn't say everything at once.

Hello! We got home

and looked at the Zurich paper.

I'm sure you've seen it.


The review is great

and they even chose

a photo from your film.


We have to drink a toast to that.

Hello, this is Elke Mller from

German TV ''Kleines Fernsehspiel.''

You sent me a

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Thomas Imbach

Thomas Imbach (born 1962) is an independent filmmaker based in Zürich, Switzerland. With his production company Bachim Films, Imbach produced his own work until 2007. He then founded Okofilm Productions together with director/producer Andrea Staka. All of his films have been released theatrically and Imbach has won numerous awards for his work, both in Switzerland and abroad. With Well Done (1994) and Ghetto (1997) Imbach established his trademark audio-visual style, which is based on a combination of cinema- verité camera-work and fast-paced computer-controlled editing. His fiction features Happiness is a Warm Gun (nominated for the Golden Leopard at Locarno International Film Festival), as well as Lenz (2006), I was a Swiss Banker (2007) and the fictive autobiography Day is Done (2011) all premiered at the Berlinale. His latest feature film Mary Queen of Scots celebrated its premiere in Locarno and at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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