Infused with a sense of wonder at art’s ability to console in times of darkness, acclaimed media artist Jem Cohen’s breakthrough feature film captures the beauty of Vienna in winter from the perspective of two unlikely new friends. A Canadian woman (singer-songwriter Mary Margaret O’Hara) visits an ailing family member and finds solace in the majestic Kunsthistorisches Art Museum, where she meets a soft-spoken middle-aged guard who offers to keep her company on her trip. As they stroll through the city streets, observing how the paintings of the Old Masters reverberate throughout the snow-covered landscape, their meandering conversation gives way to candid exchanges on art, grief, and love.
Producers: Paolo Calamita, Jem Cohen,
Directors of Photography: Jem Cohen, Peter Roehsler
Editors: Jem Cohen, Marc Vives
with Jem Cohen
Director Jem Cohen participates in a Q&A after the screening.