Acclaimed filmmaker Jem Cohen's new feature, Museum Hours, is a 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 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. 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.
Bobby Sommer,Margaret O'Hara,Ela Piplits
The two leads, non-professional actor Bobby Sommer and artist and singer Mary Margaret O’Hara, have an unusual chemistry. Their relationship is comprised of part wounded empathy and part discomfort, lending an unusual sincerity to this unique story. Like all elements in Cohen’s work, the performances are precise and unfussy. Impressively assured and intense, MUSEUM HOURS also retains a humble vulnerability – both in the director and his actors – in the face of great art and artists.