Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present – dir. Matthew Akers, 2012

date: 03/08/2012 time: 21:00 place: PGE Cinema film program: music my love film program: the audience poll artistic program: films

USA | 2012 | 96 min
reż|dir Matthew Akers prod|pro Maro Chermayeff, Jeff Dupre zdj|ph Matthew Akers muz|mus Nathan Halpern mon|ed Jim Hession, E. Donna Shepherd ob|cast Marina Abramovic, Ulay,  Klaus Biesenbach, David Balliano, Chrissie Iles dys|dis Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty


The influence of Marina Abramović (born 1946, Belgrade), icon of body art and performance, seems impossible to overrate. Her works, exploring the boundaries of experimenting on the human body, have entered the canon of modern art for good. The film “Marina Abramović” is not, however, a static summary of her over forty-year artistic career, but shows the artist at work: still searching, full of energy, and in a revolutionary mood.

“The Artist Is Present” is the title of the performance taking place in the museum of Modern Art from 14th March to 31st May 2010. Every day, the artist would sit on a chair without moving in one of the numerous gallery rooms of the museum for several hours. The visitors who sat next to the morionless Abramović described this event as cleansing and moving.

2012 Berlin Film Festival – Panorama Audience Award

Matthew Akers (1976)
American director, cameraman, and producer. He mainly does production and cinematography for documentary films and TV series. He was responsible for the cinematography in the PBS documentaries “Circus” and “Carrier,” awarded with an Emmy (2008), and the HBO documentary: “Back in the Hood: Gang War II” (2004), “Heir to an Execution” (2004), and “Elaine Stritch: At Liberty” (2002). “Marina Abramovic” is his first full-length feature film.