Museum Hours

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United Kingdom | 2012 | 107 Minutes | Jem Cohen

February 17, 2014

Acclaimed filmmaker Jem Cohen's moving study of character, art history, and architectural wonder follows a Vienna museum guard who befriends an enigmatic visitor, sparking an exploration of their lives, the city, and how art reflects and shapes our world.

This mesmerizing tale follows 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. 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.

"Invigoratingly heady and deeply moving—a trip to a foreign land that stirs your senses and your soul." - Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

"Quietly amazing, sneakily sublime…a moving work of art." – A.O. Scott, New York Times

  • Director: Jem Cohen
  • Principal Cast: Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 107 Minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • US Distributor: Cinema Guild