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The Cinema Guild Acquires Jem Cohen's 'Museum Hours' for the U.S.

Photo of Jay A. Fernandez By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire September 27, 2012 at 11:03AM

The Cinema Guild has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Jem Cohen’s “Museum Hours,” which had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in August. The specialty distributor plans a 2013 theatrical release.
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Robert Sommer in Jem Cohen's "Museum Hours."
Robert Sommer in Jem Cohen's "Museum Hours."

The Cinema Guild has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Jem Cohen’s “Museum Hours,” which had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in August. The specialty distributor plans a 2013 theatrical release.

Bobby Sommer and Mary Margaret O’Hara star in the story of a Vienna museum guard who befriends a visitor to the Kunsthistorisches Art Museum as they share their thoughts on the city, their lives and the way art affects the world. “Museum Hours” recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

READ MORE: Locarno Review: Lovely, Powerful Fine Art Tribute 'Museum Hours' Finds Jem Cohen Successfully Transitioning to Narrative Form

“We are thrilled to be releasing ‘Museum Hours,’” said the Cinema Guild’s Ryan Krivoshey. “An exquisite film, brazenly different from everything else around it, it was the best new film we saw in Toronto this year. Jem has created something truly special and magnificent, a film that transcends genres as well as audience demographics, a film that reinvigorates the cinematic experience and enchants and inspires anyone lucky enough to see it.”

Krivoshey negotiated the deal with Pierre Menahem of MPM Film.

The Cinema Guild has released “Neighboring Sounds,” “Planet of Snail,” “The Turin Horse” and “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.” The company recently acquired Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel’s “Leviathan” and Raul Ruiz’s “Night Across The Street” for upcoming release.

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