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Museum Hours

September 11, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


September 11, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Randy Berler

Advance tickets NOW SOLD OUT. You can leave a message on the Ticket Exchange page in case someone is selling their tickets. Or, you can buy tickets at the door, but these will be for seating in the second (or possibly third) row.

The South Bay Film Society presents A SPECIAL BENEFIT FOR THE PALOS VERDES ART CENTER (tickets $10)

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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.  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.

Quietly amazing, sneakily sublime. Mr. Cohen, a New York filmmaker and video artist with an eye for rough urban landscapes and eccentric artistic characters, is a patient observer and a cunning, subtle storyteller… Watching the film is not really like looking at a painting, but the way the art historian looks at Bruegel has something in common with the way Mr. Cohen instructs us to pay attention to the world… This movie is rigorously and intensely lifelike, which is to say that it’s also a strange and moving work of art.” (A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES)

“[Cohen] has made a film of such intelligence and originality that ‘radical’ seems the only accurate word.” (Calum Marsh, VILLAGE VOICE)

What matters as much as the mild, middle-aged friendship are the Old Masters on the walls of the gallery – notably Bruegel, whose paintings, hung together, form one of the great rooms of the world. The camera inspects them, often in closeup, always at leisure, and no one could begrudge the movie such tranquility.  It finds the time to look at looking, and to offer a slow revelation: to the lonely and the stranded, it is art that feels like home.” (Anthony Lane, THE NEW YORKER)

“…while the story at its core is lovely, it’s the delicate treatment of that story, and the deftness exhibited in incorporating a purposefully small narrative within an achingly expansive context, that makes the film a masterpiece.” (Jesse Cataldo, SLANT)

The overall experience is invigoratingly heady and deeply moving – a trip to a foreign land that stirs your senses and your soul.” (Keith Uhlich, TIME OUT NEW YORK)

“Museum Hours” is every bit as masterfully conceived and executed as the art works that serve as the film’s lively cast of supporting characters.  (Anne Hornaday, THE WASHINGTON POST)

Full of charm, intelligence and dry humour, it deserves to find a discerning theatrical audience beyond Cohen’s usual festival- circuit following.  At the heart of the film is an absorbing argument that dusty old artworks have plenty to tell us about contemporary life – especially about money, politics, power, social class and sex … Cerebral stuff, but all delivered with warmth, wit and quiet confidence.” (Stephen Dalton, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER)

Language: English and German (English subtitles)
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