Museum hours

Museum hours

Jem Cohen

Austria/USA, 2012, 106 min., English/German.


Janet travels to a Vienna where she finds out that her cousin is in a comatose condition in a hospital. She doesn’t know the city, and looks for shelter at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, where she approaches a guard that will end up offering to help her with addresses and the interviews with the doctors. Both are lonesome persons who have been a long time without opening up to others and therefore a deep, platonic tie begins to appear between them. Cohen -who always portrayed landscapes, men and women, opting for the association of images and ideas and, in certain cases, for a porous, modest narrative- films here pieces and cuts out Brueghel or Rembrandt. He is not far from Aby Warburg, of Art as an image laboratory that breaks the narrowness of time as a progress.


Jem Cohen

Cohen, born in Kabul in 1962 due to his father profession, is a filmmaker who lives in New York, a city to which he has dedicated several works. Experimental documentary maker, textures and formats explorer (16mm., 35mm., Super 8, video), photographer and installation artist, Cohen began to be known, above all, through a close association with the world of music, that linked him to R.E.M., Fugazi or Patti Smith. However, he must be seen as a multidisciplinary essayist that, after knowing the industry from inside (working for Sayles, Cox or Scorsese), chooses to explore a marginal enclave that gathers reflection (i.e., his interest in Walter Benjamin), music and activism. Among his greater duration works must be noted Benjamin Smoke (2000) and especially Chain (2004), where he spoke with big names from the American experimental scene like Thom Andersen or James Benning.



2012 Museum Hours 

2010 Annie Truitt, Working (short) 

2008 Evening's Civil Twilight in Empires of Tin  

2006 Building a Broken Mousetrap 

2004 Chain 

2003 Instrument 

2000 Benjamin Smoke

2000 Little Flags 

1999 Amber City

1997 Lucky Three an Elliott Smith Portrait

1996 Lost Book Found

1994 Buried in Light 

1992 Black Hole Radio

1989 Just Hold Still 

1987 This Is a History of New York 

1983 A Road in Florida 

Museum hours

Austria/USA, 2012, 106 min, Alemán/Inglés.

Dirección /Direction

Jem Cohen

Guión / Script

Jem Cohen

Fotografía / Cinematography

Jem Cohen, Peter Roehsler

Montaje / Editing

Jem Cohen, Marc Vives

Sonido / Sound

Bruno Pisek

Producción / Producers

Paolo Calamita, Jem

Cohen, Gabriela Kranzelbinder

Intérpretes / Cast

Mary Margaret O´Hara,

Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits

Página Web / Website

Compañía productora / Production company

Little Magnet Films GmbH, Gravity Hill Films,

KGP Kranzalbinder Gabriela Production

Ventas Internacionales / International Sales

MPM Film
Julien Lacroix, 17. 75020 Paris. France

T. 33 1 58 53 57 12


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