October 24 · 7 pm
2012, Austria/USA, 107 min., HD
Dir.: Jem Cohen
Cast: Mary Margaret O’Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits
This thoroughly modern film from independent cinema icon Jem Cohen unfolds largely amongst the 16th century masterworks hanging in the hushed galleries of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. Anne, a Canadian in town to visit her hospitalized cousin, forges an unlikely bond with Johann, a wryly philosophical museum guard. Drawing on his actor’s biographies and freely incorporating documentary interludes, Cohen treats his characters with the reverence usually reserved for the Rembrandts displayed around them, crafting a deeply human, serene and soulful portrait of cross-cultural friendship. “Quietly amazing, sneakily sublime… this movie is rigorously and intensely lifelike, which is to say that it’s also a strange and moving work of art” – A.O. Scott – New York Times. “Rapturous. A film of such intelligence and originality that ‘radical’ seems the only accurate word” – Village Voice.