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…
Jem Alan Cohen (born 1962) is an award-winning New York City-based filmmaker known for his observational portraits of urban landscapes, blending of media formats (16mm, Super 8, video) and collaborations with music artists.
Cohen was born in Kabul, Afghanistan where his father was working for the U.S. Agency for Information and Development. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1984, with a concentration on painting and photography. Jem never attended a film school.
Cohen found the mainstream Hollywood film industry incompatible with his sociopolitical and artistic views. By applying the DIY ethos of Punk Rock into his filmmaking approach, he crafted a distinct style in his films through various cheap formats of Super 8mm, 16mm, and video. In an interview with The Lamp, Cohen said, “…it’s very inspiring to me, to see people kind of take something outside of the industry, outside of the music industry, and it gave me something of a template to work in film outside of… read more
Melancholy carries a pleasure for being subjugated by the pain for the missing object. The authentic beauty in the fading; the glance of a dead man transcends the human experience. This is exactly the role of Bruegel’s art in the movie: the ancient memoir; the recall of an unrepeatable past. Fragments of life juxtaposed to painting details: an unfillable distance is the ultimate lover’s desire.
The museum becomes a microcosm for the world around us. Finds life in the stillness. A film observant about people, society, and relationships. Also slyly meta. Not sure it resonates with me on a deep level, and its erudition borders on smugness, but it is a memorable work.
In our annual poll, we pair our favorite new films of 2012 with older films seen in the same year to create fantastic double features.
Our critics’ TIFF dialogue comes to a close with films by Sarmiento, Ruiz, Kitano, Radwanski and Cohen.
A wrap-up overview of Locarno—which turns out to be the last under Artistic Director Olivier Père—its prize-winners and highlights.