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

Hi, this is...

Mrs. Ruebistuebi.

It's 11:

I just got home.

I'm in a good mood;

it feels like weekend again.

So, I would be ready to come.

I'll just take a quick shower

and I guess you'll probably call me

when you're back.


Hello there,

Gsell calling!

In case you're really

not at home

please call me

back later.

Actually, I just wanted

to give you a good tip:

a dip in the lake wouldn't be

a bad idea this afternoon.




Everybody's out.

You're probably having a great dinner.

Is the walkie-talkie working?

Have you got all your marbles?

Is everyone working hard?

Bye. Give me a call.

Listen, I have a problem, the antennas...

the old ones that telescope,

that you use for long distances,

you didn't send them back.

Do you still have them?

Let me know

as soon as possible. Thanks. Ciao.

Hello, hello.

Still not at home?

Thomas Imbach, hello!

This is Frances.

Listen, I'll be in Zurich for a while

and will be at home tonight,


For God's sake,

you said that 3 hours ago,

that you would call back soon.

I wanna know now. Bye.

Yes, hello, it's me.

Please answer if you're there.

Yes, hello.

We just called too and...

Oh, answering machines...

But we have to say goodbye.

We'll be here 'til about 10 tomorrow,

then we're off to the airport

to start our trip.

I hope you have a nice evening,

it's marvelous out:

no clouds,

really warm,

what more could anyone want.

Ciao. Sleep well, Thomas.

Hello, it's me.

I wanted to ask

if you've done sulking,

just wondering

where things stand...

I'll be at home tomorrow morning,

if you feel like calling.

Or else

some other time.


Are you there?

Hello Thomas. We're not coming home

'til Sunday afternoon at 4, flying Varig.

I mean Monday,

we leave on Sunday.

We've been delayed

a couple of days.

Take care. We're fine.

I thought it's easiest if you come

to the lido at noon;

you can pick me up

so we can go home together

or we can eat something there.

You can bring something for lunch...

I'll take your bathing trunks,

just in case.

I'll be down by the lake.

You'll see me.

Just to let you know we're back.

And the weather's good here, too.

In good health and hungry

after sitting around airports

for something like 14 hours.

We just don't have our luggage yet.

We'll call back later.

So, you've already left again.

I wasn't out;

I was only taking a shower

and wanted to call back.

I'll try again later, I guess.

I'm going to play volleyball in a bit

but should be home by evening.

Bye, see you later.

Hello Thomas.

I just talked to Granny

and heard that you're coming,

she said on Tuesday.

She asked me

if I'd come too.

So I just wanted to say,

I'll be there around 12

so we would eat spaghetti around 12,

because I can't wait 'til one.

So, good-bye Thomas.

Hello Thomas.

I just wanted to say,

I wish you a very

happy birthday.


More later when I see you.

Good luck. Ciao.

Happy Birthday!

All the best.

What are you up to?

Are you already out?

Maybe we can get together.

Come to Lucerne, okay?

It snowed hard this morning.

Ciao ciao.

I wish you all the best. -Yes!

-It's almost noon.

Me too, ''Bachel.''

Have a nice day

and show up in Bern again soon.


Hello, it's me.

You never call me.

I thought I'd see

what you're up to

on a Saturday evening

all alone in Zurich.


It's your birth... I mean Saint's day

and I wish you all the best.

This is Granny.

Hear you soon.

What the heck are you up to?

Keep your head straight.

I'm looking at you,

the way you're looking at the mountains.

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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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