8 June 2012

Marina Abramovic:
The Artiste is Present

The RIDM, in association with the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT], the Quartier des spectacles and distributors Films We Like and EyeSteelFilm Distribution, invite you to a sneak preview of the new documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present by Matthew Akers, on July 5, 2012 at 9 p.m. in Place de la Paix, on St. Laurent Blvd. between St. Catherine Street and René-Lévesque Blvd.

The screening will be preceded by a barbecue, from 7 to 9 p.m., where the SAT Foodlab chefs will serve grilled dishes for guests and a DJ will set the mood.

Bring chairs and blankets.


Matthew Akers, 2011, United States, 105 min, English with French Subtitles

For nearly 40 years, Marina Abramovic has been revolutionizing performance art by testing the body’s limits as an element of artistic exploration. Filmmaker Matthew Akers followed the acclaimed Serbian artist for more than a year as she prepared for a retrospective of her work presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010.

As part of the exhibition, Abramovic presented the longest performance of her career: for 716 hours, she sat in the MoMA atrium, where museum visitors were invited to sit facing her to “complete” the work. The film takes audiences into the heart of the radical performance piece, which became a media sensation. During its three-month run, the exhibition was seen by more than 750,000 people.

After generating considerable buzz at Sundance and winning the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlinale, Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present is an unforgettable encounter with a charming yet provocative individual who relentlessly blurs the lines between life and art.

*The film opens on July 6, 2012 at Cinéma Excentris and AMC Forum 22.