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A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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This feature-length documentary film follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. To be given a retrospective at one of the world's premiere museums is, for any living artist, 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?' Written by Anonymous

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5 July 2012 (Russia)  »

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$11,041 (USA) (15 June 2012)

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$86,217 (USA) (5 October 2012)
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Marina Abramovic: When you perform it is a knife and your blood, when you act it is a fake knife and ketchup.
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By Zhurbin, Lev (as Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin)
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"Illuminating, unorthodox and inspirational..."
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American cinematographer, producer and director Matthew Akers' debut and American producer and director Jeff Dupre's second documentary feature premiered in the U.S. Documentary Competition section at the 28th Sundance Film Festival in 2012, was screened in the Panorama section at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on locations in USA and is an American production which was produced by Jeff Dupre and producer Maro Chermayeff. It tells the story about a Serbian woman named Marina Abramović who in the late 1960s and 1970s collaborated with a German performance artist named Uwe "Ulay" Laysiepen.

Finely and engagingly directed by American filmmakers Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre, this finely paced and densely biographical documentary which is narrated by the main subject, from multiple viewpoints and mostly from her point of view, draws a moving portrayal of a daring, ground-breaking and controversial 20th and 21st century artist. Through interviews with art critics, collaborators, the leader of MOMA, spectators and the subject herself, this commendable recognition of a woman's long struggle to be taken seriously and regarded as true artist, tells the life story of a performance artist whom is preparing for her newest performance which is to be held during a retrospective of her works at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, USA and contains a great and timely score by composer Nathan Halpern.

This multifaceted, somewhat historic, humane and first and foremost fascinating introduction to an original and artistic woman known by some as "the godmother of performance art", is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle continuity and involving depiction of her significant relationship with her audience whose respect, attention and love is what she depends on, the extremes that some of her greatest admirers goes to for the sake of achieving her acknowledgment and a poignant love-story. An illuminating, unorthodox and inspirational documentary feature which leaves no doubt about Marina Abramović being an extraordinary performance artist.


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