MUSEUM HOURS – Jem Cohen 2012
ART CINEMA AWARD – Locarno 2012
Synopsis: When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, 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 CICAE Jury explains its decision: “We decided to give the award to the very extraordinary film called ‘Museum Hours’ by artist Jem Cohen. This film represents the magic play between art and life, fiction and documentary. The film sheds different lights on the institution ‘museum’ and revives the art guarded there. With sensitivity it observes the glance of the museum visitor and at the same time it smoothly turns him into one of the artefacts. This delicate merge of art and everyday life has extraordinary multilayered effects on the film’s spectator.”
- Silvano ANDREINI (Cinema il Nuovo La Spezia Circuito, IT)
- Ilona JURKONYTE (Kaunas International Film Festival, LT)
- Jean Pierre GARDELLI (Imagin’ cinemas Gaillac, Carlotta films et Bodega films, FR)