Sunday, October 20, 2013, 12:00 am

Thomas Imbach: Day is Done


1746 Post St.

San Francisco, CA 94115

presented in association with the San Francisco Film Society's festival Sister Cities Cinema: Zurich/SF

[general: $14/ SFFS members: $12]

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Thomas Imbach's satisfying experimental film features subtle signs of a narrative brewing in the exquisite photography of landscapes. 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.