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Directed by Jem Cohen

Austria, United States 2012 107 mins. In English, German

Jem Cohen’s (BENJAMIN SMOKE, CHAIN) intriguing new film drops us into the world of Johann, an amiable guard at Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Art Museum. Surrounded by precious Brueghel paintings, Johann seems content. One day he meets Anne, an enigmatic Canadian woman visiting an unfamiliar city where her cousin is ill in the hospital, and the two form a bond. Johann acts as Anne’s guide to Vienna; he relishes the opportunity to share his knowledge of its art and architecture, acknowledging he is rediscovering the place himself. “How to make films that encourage viewers to make their own connections, to think strange thoughts, to be unsure of what happens next or even what kind of movie this is?”—Jem Cohen. “A charming rumination on art and observation featuring strikingly beautiful images that appear to have been captured casually and engaging, perfectly pitched performances from Bobby Sommer and Mary Margaret O’Hara as characters meeting at a crossroads in their lives.”—London Film Festival.

Genres: Drama



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