2012. USA/Austria. Jem Cohen. 107 min.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2012. USA/Austria. Written and directed by Jem Cohen. With Mary Margaret O’Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits. Jem Cohen's most recent feature is a critically acclaimed chamber piece set among the Brueghels and Titians of the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna. Nic Rapold writes in The New York Times, "Arriving in Vienna to visit a distant relative who’s in the hospital, an American woman strikes up a friendship with a guard at a venerable art museum. Getting directions leads to conversation, which leads to a drink or two, and discussions about life and the finer details of Breughel the Elder and other artists. It's the sort of unexpected bond and solace found through art and communion that can happen every day but isn’t often depicted." Inspired by the freedom and iconoclasm of such spiritual mentors as Jean Vigo, Chris Marker, Humphrey Jennings, Dziga Vertov, and Robert Frank—artists who, like Cohen, are represented in depth in MoMA's permanent collection—Cohen has created a distinct style during his more than 30 years of filmmaking. Playfully calling his films "documentary crossbreeds and narrative mutts," Cohen aspires to "being open to the world as it unfolds, and being open to the film as it makes itself from that world." Courtesy The Cinema Guild. 107 min.