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Year2012 Duration106 min. DirectorJem Cohen WriterJem Cohen PhotographyJem Cohen, Peter Roehsler EditorJem Cohen, Marc Vives SoundBruno Pisek CastMary Margaret O''Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits

Manager: Paolo Calamita
Executive Producers: Guy Picciotto, Patti Smith
Producers: Paolo Calamita, Jem Cohen, Gabriele Kranzelbinder


  • 2012 Locarno, Art Cinema Award
  • 2012 Toronto IFF
  • 2012 Vancouver IFF
  • 2012 BFI London IFF
  • 2012 Thessaloniki FF
  • 2012 2-in-1 IFF-Moscow, Best Story
  • 2012 Montreal Nouveau FF
  • 2012 Viennale
  • 2012 Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo
  • 2012 Ljubjana FF

When a Vienna museum guard befriends an unmoored visitor from overseas, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world. The film is a narrative/documentary hybrid which seamlessly combines character study, city portrait, and essay film.

Jem Cohen

Jem Cohen

Jem CohenNew-York based, Cohen’s feature-length films include Chain, Benjamin Smoke, Instrument, and Evening’s Civil Twilight in Empires of Tin. Shorts include Lost Book Found, Amber City, Little Flags, and Anne Truitt – Working. His films are in the collections of NYC’s Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum and have been broadcast by PBS, Arte, and the Sundance Channel. He’s had retrospectives at London’s NFT, BAFICI, Oberhausen, Gijon, and Spain’s Punto de Vista (where the monograph, Signal Fires: the Cinema of Jem Cohen was published). Recent projects include the Gravity Hill Newsreels (about Occupy Wall Street) and We Have an Anchor, a portrait of Cape Breton. He has collaborated with musicians including Fugazi, Patti Smith, Terry Riley, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Gil Shaham/Orpheus Orchestra, R.E.M.,Vic Chesnutt, and the Ex, as well as writer Luc Sante.


  • Gravity Hill Newsreels (Series of 12 linked documentary shorts about Occupy Wall Street) (2012)
  • Evening’s Civil Twilight in Empires of Tin (2008)
  • Building a Broken Mousetrap (2006)
  • Chain (2004)
  • Benjamin Smoke (2000)
  • Instrument (1999)
  • Buried in Light (1994)

Contact details

For press and other enquiries:
Paolo Calamita
Wildpretmarkt 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria
+43/1/581 29 27

For festival enquiries:
Anne Laurent
Stiftgasse 6, 1070 Vienna, Austria
+43/1/526 33 23-0

World sales:
MPM Film – Pierre Menahem
17 Rue Julien Lacroix | 75020 Paris | France
T +33 1 58 53 57 12 | M +33 6 62 08 81 79

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
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Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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