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Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre
USA 2012 / 106’
Loro 2 The Dead Don’t Die

Performance artist Marina Abramović spent the spring of 2010 at the Museum of Modern Art. Her presence, as powerfully noted in the exhibition’s title, was literal. Each day, crowds packed MoMA for an opportunity to spend a few moments in a symbolic one-on-one with the artist. The camera follows Abramović through lengthy preparations and a three-month performance, exposing both of her faces, that of a professional and artist. While spending several hours sitting in one place, her face evidences wisdom and inexhaustible amounts of understanding that she uses each day to figuratively redraw her self-portrait. The artist present on the silver screen continues to win the hearts and prizes of audiences and countless festivals.

Patrycja Rojek


Berlin IFF 2012 – Panorama Audience Award; Sundance FF 2012 – Best Documentary; Sarajevo FF 2012 – Audience Award

Matthew Akers

Matthew Akers has been producing and shooting feature documentaries and television series for years.  Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present was his first feature-length documentary film as director.


2012 Marina Abramović: artystka obecna / Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present (doc.)

2013 David Blaine: Real or Magic (TV doc.)

2016 David Blaine: Beyond Magic (TV doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre
screenplay Matthew Akers
cinematography Matthew Akers
editing E. Donna Shepherd, Jim Hession
music Nathan Halpern
cast Marina Abramović, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach, Davide Balliano, Chrissie Iles, Arthur Danto, David Blaine, James Franco
producer Jeff Dupre, Maro Chermayeff, Francesca von Habsburg
production Show of Force, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation
Polish distributor Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty
language English
colouration colour