Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban

Day Is Done
A family on a rare visit to their grandfather. They cook lunch, set the table and sit down to eat together. “Come and show me your film,” he asks his grandson who will soon be going to study in faraway Russia. “And pour me some more of that liquor.” While one of them dozes off and the other leafs through an old photo album, the day goes by. The sadness of parting is in the air. Then it’s time for them to leave again. In Day Is Done, Zhang Dalei picks up where his autobiographically inspired feature-length debut Summer Is Gone left off. Set once again in the director’s home town, Hohhot, the film also features the same cast – now a few years older – portraying the same roles and characters.
by Zhang Dalei
with Kong Weiyi, Zhang Chen, Guo Yanyun, Zhao Hua, Hao Mengfu, Li Xuejian
China 2021 Mandarin 24’ Colour

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


  • Kong Weiyi (Xiao Lei)
  • Zhang Chen (Father)
  • Guo Yanyun (Mother)
  • Zhao Hua (Uncle)
  • Hao Mengfu (Mengfu)
  • Li Xuejian (Grandfather)


Written and Directed by Zhang Dalei
Editing Zhang Dalei
Cinematography Lyu Songye
Sound Design Li Danfeng
Producer Gao Yitian

Produced by

First International Film Festival Committee

Zhang Dalei

Born in Inner Mongolia in 1982, he graduated with a degree in directing from the St. Petersburg National Camera and Television University in Russia. As a director and screenwriter, he is known for his work on The Summer is Gone, Fuzz and Stars Await Us.


2011 The Scoundrels; short film · The Scoundrels; short film 2016 Ba yue (The Summer Is Gone) · Ba yue (Summer is Gone) 2019 Fa zi (Fuzz); short film 2021 Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban (Day is Done); short film 2020 Xia wu guo qu le yi ban (Day Is Done); short film · Lan se lie che (Stars Await Us) 2022 Wo de peng you (All Tomorrow’s Parties); short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021