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Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (15)
Dir: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre Cast: Marina Abramovic, Ulay, Klaus Biesenbach 106 mins, 2012, USA Please note: this was screened in Sept 2012
In 2010, New York's Museum of Modern Art presented a Marina Abramovic retrospective, famously featuring the uncompromising Yugoslavia-born performance artist herself in situ, impassively facing down a stream of museum-goers brave enough to sit across a table from her - for eight hours a day, every day, for three months.
Using the MoMA show as a springboard, Matthew Akers' film is a fascinating depiction of a career spanning almost forty years, and one which has generated controversy at every turn as a result of Abramovic's passionate, confrontational, and often bloody performance pieces. Now a grandee of the art world, she remains a magnetic figure, offering frank commentary on her art and her life amidst the preparations for her retrospective.
Constructing a detailed portrait of Abramovic as well as documenting the physical and emotional toil of her titular three-month performance, The Artist Is Present is a compelling watch both for aficionados and newcomers to her remarkable body of work.
Much Ado About Nothing
Joss Whedon gives Shakespeare's classic comedy a contemporary spin in this dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.
Five Bristol Stories
Five short films from digital storytelling project Bristol Stories that reveal the important people, places and events in the lives of Bristolians.