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Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present

Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present
Director: Matthew Akers

USA, Documentary, 2011, 105 min, english with english and lithuanian subtitles, V
“Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Presentˮ paints a mesmerizing portrait of the pioneering and controversial performance artist. Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been redefining what art is for nearly 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her limits – and at times risking her life in the process – she creates performances that shock and move us. The film follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major new retrospective of her work, taking place at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) inNew York. To be given a retrospective at one of the world’s premier museums is the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more: it is the chance to finally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again for four decades: “But why is this art?”.
 
Awards:
 
2012 – Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival (Germany).
2012 – Audience Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
2012 – Audience Award at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival (France).
 
About the director:
 
Director, cinematographer and producer Matthew Akers was born in 1975 in Dallas, USA. He was a producer and was the cinematographer of award-winning documentary television series “Carrier” (2008) and “Circus” (2010), and cinematographer of numerous feature documentaries. “Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Presentˮ is his directorial debut. This arresting and elegantly executed film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (USA).
Section: All The Muses

Dir. of Photography: Matthew Akers

Music: Nathan Halpern