Museum Hours (2012)
Directed by Jem Cohen
Drama, Austria/USA, 106 minutes
In English and German with English subtitles
The ACFNY is pleased to invite, together with the Junior Committee for the International Friends of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, to a special screening of the film Museum Hours in presence of the director Jem Cohen.
Museum Hours tells the mesmerizing tale of two adrift strangers who find refuge in Vienna’s grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Johann, a museum guard, spends his days silently observing both the art and the visitors. Anne, suddenly called to Vienna from Canada, has been wandering the city in a state of limbo. A chance meeting sparks a deepening connection that draws them through the halls of the museum and the streets of the city. The exquisitely photographed Museum Hours is an ode to the bonds of friendship, an exploration of an unseen Vienna, and the power of art to both mirror and alter our lives.
"... Jem Cohen's Museum Hours which takes place in Vienna's Kunsthistorisches Art Museum and engages in long, lovely takes of paintings by Brueghel, Rembrandt and others. With its picturesque reframing of what we consider art, and its re-contextualizing of time-honored masterpieces, Museum Hours accomplished what every film – and film festival – should: Send audiences out of their cinematic bubble with fresh eyes and invigorated ways of seeing the world around them." - The Washington Post
"Invigoratingly heady and deeply moving—a trip to a foreign land that stirs your senses and your soul." – Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
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