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  1. Jem Cohen's Museum Hours is opening June 28, says the NY Times. Maybe the film is opening only in New York and/or L.A., but I hope it widens out to other markets. I was able to see this film at FilmFest DC, thanks to Ken and Darren's recommendation, and I loved it. A few brief remarks on the film can be found in the FilmFest DC thread starting here. The opening paragraph of the NY Times profile summarizes the story and themes: In the new film “Museum Hours,” something ordinary but special occurs: a traveler befriends a native. Arriving in Vienna to visit a distant relative who’s in the hospital, an American woman strikes up a friendship with a guard at a venerable art museum. Getting directions leads to conversation, which leads to a drink or two, and discussions about life and the finer details of Bruegel the Elder and other artists. It’s the sort of unexpected bond and solace found through art and communion that can happen every day but isn’t often depicted. This film's treatment of art and art-making was everything I had hoped The Mill and the Cross would be but wasn't (I realize I'm in the minority here on that film), but I also found Museum Hours a richer film thematically. It reaches for more in dealing with human relationships -- love, life and death. I don't think it knocks each of those themes out of the park, but it's very good. I think the A&F crowd will dig it in a big way.
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