20th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 20-30, 2023

11th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 22-26, 2023

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

USA, 2012 : Alberta Premiere
Archives 2012
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Sat, Apr 21 7:00 PM


Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits––and
at times risking her life in the process––she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Through her and with her, boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded, and art as we know it is reborn.

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present follows her as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work, taking place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Elevating traditional documentary techniques with an artistic gloss befi tting its subject, this is by no means a typical “art film.” With total access granted by Abramovic and the Museum of Modern Art, you are taken through a mesmerizing cinematic journey inside the world of radical performance, and an intimate portrait of an astonishingly magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art.

Berlin International Film Festival 2012
Sundance Film Festival 2012


Co-Presented by The EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts

press for Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

"one of the most compelling artists of our time"
- Sundance Film Guide (2012)



106 Minutes


Matthew Akers

Jeff Dupre and Maro Chermayeff

Executive Producers:
Sheila Nevins, Nancy Abraham



Audience Award, Best Documentary, Berlin Film Festival 2012

Presenting Partner