Museum Hours

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Acclaimed filmmaker Jem Cohen’s new feature, Museum Hours, is a mesmerizing tale of two drifting 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 overseas, 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. This moving, mesmerizing and exquisitely photographed film is an ode to the bonds of friendship, an exploration of an unseen Vienna, and a meditation on the power of art to both mirror and alter our lives. (Dir. by Jem Cohen, 2013, Austria/USA, in German and English with subtitles, 106 mins., Not Rated, Cinema Guild) Digital