In the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum in Vienna, Johann is a security guard who finds a special quiet magic at the institution. One day, a Canadian woman arrives on a compassionate visit to the city, and the two strike up a friendship through their appreciation of art. That relationship helps put all the other goings on at the museum and in the city in perspective as Johann observes and participates in them in a world where art can say so much more than a casual visitor might know. Director / Writer / Producer / Cinematographer / Editor, Jem Cohen (Chain, Benjamin Smoke, Instrument, and Evening’s Civil Twilight in Empires of Tin) joins us for a discussion on love, friendship, life and art.
“Quietly amazing.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times
“Rapturous. A film of such intelligence and originality that ‘radical’ seems the only accurate word.” – Calum Marsh, Village Voice
“luminous.” – Film Comment
“Deeply Felt, gorgeously shot.” – San Francisco Bay Guardian
“A lovely ode to art and friendship.” – Artforum