The Day Is Over


QI Rui

108 minutes | 2021 | Fiction | Mandarin and Hunan Dialect | English Subtitles
Canadian Premiere

The 3rd Pingyao International Film Festival Work-in-Progress Lab –  UPPICTURES Jury Award
The 45th Hong Kong International Film Festival – Firebird Award

2:15 PM, SAT, AUG 13
Innis Town Hall

Living quietly in the mountains, 12-year-old ZHANG Jiaxing faces humiliation when she finds a dirty note and is accused of theft by her classmates. Assisted by her good friend who is sent back to the village, Jiaxing gets the money they need to go find her father in Shenzhen, yet her plan is wrecked when the wardrobe in which her money is hidden is accidentally sold by her grandmother. Unable to repay the loan, and hopeless to see their parents, the girls resolve to find their way out in the pond, where they can be embraced once again, just like in their mother’s womb.


QI Rui was born in Jiangsu, China. He studied cinematography at the Beijing Film Academy, and has engaged in documentary filmmaking since 2001. He was the director of photography and art director for The Sunflowers (2004), and was selected to the Asian Film Academy (AFA) Training Program of the 2006 Busan International Film Festival. His directorial debut feature, The Day Is Over, won the Work-in-Progress Jury Award at the 3rd Pingyao International Film Festival and the Firebird Award at the 45th Hong Kong International Film Festival.


  • Director: QI Rui
  • Principal Cast: LI Yingchun, YU Ying, KONG Jingyao, CHEN Huihui
  • Producer: QI Rui, YANG Jing
  • Screenplay: QI Rui
  • Cinematographer: QI Rui
  • Editor: QI Rui, YANG Xiao
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