Cannes 2012: Marina Abramovic doc sells to France, Germany

Dogwoof Global, the international sales division of Dogwoof, has penned four sales for Matthew Akers' documentary Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, which is screening this week in the Marche du Film at the Cannes International Films Festival.
May 17, 2012

Dogwoof Global, the international sales division of Dogwoof, has penned four sales for Matthew Akers’ documentary Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, which is screening this week in the Marche du Film at the Cannes International Films Festival.

The distributor inked deals with NFP in Germany, Pretty Pictures in France, Look Now in Switzerland, and Poly Film in Austria. Dogwoof Global’s Ana Vicente brokered the deals

The doc follows the performance artist as she prepares for one of the greatest shows of her career – a landmark retrospective at New York’s MoMA. After premiering at Sundance in January, the doc picked up the Audience Award in the Panorama section at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival the following month.

NFP’s Christoph Ott said: “We have had very successful theatrical releases with other documentary films like Pina in the past, and are very happy to keep moving in that direction,” while Pretty Pictures’ Aranka Matits added: “Matthew Aker’s documentation of Marina Abramović’s 700-hour-long solo performance at The Museum of Modern Art is utterly captivating. The artist’s presence on screen is mesmerizing and leaves viewers deeply moved.”

The documentary will open theatrically in the UK on July 6, with a theatrical run following in Spain and Poland later this year.

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