Scene from the film Day is Done
Scene from the film Day is Done
Scene from the film Day is Done
Scene from the film Day is Done
Scene from the film Day is Done
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Day is Done

  • Switzerland

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 city- scape morphs into the inner landscape of the man behind the camera.

An autobiographical fiction by Thomas Imbach shot from his own window and with messages from his answering machine over 15 years.


  • Original title
    Day is Done
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Thomas Imbach, Patrizia Stotz
  • DOP
    Thomas Imbach
  • Editing
    Gion-Reto Killias, Tom La Belle
  • Music
    Lukas Langenegger, Balz Bachmann, Peter Bräker
  • Sound
    Peter Bräker
  • Duration
    112 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Berlinale 2011
    • Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2011
    • Chicago International Film Festival 2011
    • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2011
    • Zurich Film Festival 2011
    • Dokufest International Documentary Film Festival Prizren 2011
    • Melbourne International Film Festival 2011
    • Jerusalem International Film Festival 2011
    • Planete Doc Film Festival Warsaw 2011
    • Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independente 2011
  • Awards
    • Honorable Mention of Millenium Award Jury - Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw
    • Best Film Score - Swiss Film Award
    • Zurich Film Prize is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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