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Music Box Takes US Rights To 'Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present'

Music Box Films has acquired US rights to Matthew Akers' 'Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present.'

The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Panorama Audience Award at last month's Berlin International Film Festival.

Music Box Films will open theatrically and qualify the movie for Oscar consideration shortly before its premiere on HBO.

Full press release below.

New York, NY -- March 16, 2012 -- Submarine Entertainment announced today that it has partnered with Music Box Films for the domestic distribution of Matthew Aker's film MARINA ABRAMOVIC THE ARTIST IS PRESENT. The deal was negotiated by David Koh, Dan Braun & Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment along with Stanley Buchthal of Dakota Group Ltd., on behalf of the Producers, Executive Producers & filmmakers along with Ed Arentz, Managing Director of Music Box Films and partner William Schopf.

The film is a Show of Force Production in association with HBO Documentary Films. Directed by Matthew Akers. Produced by Jeff Dupre and Maro Chermayeff. Cinematography by Matthew Akers. Edited by E. Donna Shepherd. Co-Directed by Jeff Dupre. Composer Nathan Halpern. Co-Editor Jim Hession. Executive Produced by Sheila Nevins & Nancy Abraham for HBO Documentary Films; Executive Produced by Stanley Buchthal, Maja Hoffmann & David Koh for Dakota Group, Ltd. HBO Documentary Films co-produced the film and has US TV rights; Films We Like in Canada recently acquired Canadian rights; Madman Entertainment recently acquired all rights in Australia & New Zealand; Volga Films acquired all rights in Russia, CIS & the Baltics; GA&A previously acquired all rights in Italy; AVRO acquired Dutch TV rights; SVT acquired Swedish TV rights; Dogwoof acquired UK rights and Dogwoof Global acquired the sales rights to the rest of the world. Music Box Films plans a June theatrical release and Academy qualifying run with a DVD, VOD & Digital release to follow on the Music Box Films label.
 
Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramović has been redefining performance art for nearly 40 years. Using her body as a medium, and pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits, Abramović creates emotionally provocative work that transgresses boundaries and expands consciousness. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time.

With total access granted by Abramović and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, filmmaker Matthew Akers has created a visually luscious and mesmerizing cinematic journey that takes us inside the world of radical performance. Akers brings us close to the curators, collaborators, lovers, and admirers of the artist. The filmmaker also mines Abramović’s creative process and remarkably grants audiences the coveted experience of sitting across from the artist during the most important show of her career. Marina Abramović The Artist Is Present is both an intimate portrait and an experiential encounter with an astonishingly magnetic, endlessly intriguing woman who draws no distinction between life and art.
 
Koh & the Braun Brothers and Stanley Buchthal stated, "We are looking forward to working with Music Box Films on the theatrical release of the film. They are the perfect home for the film and the filmmakers and will help get the film out to the widest possible audience. We are excited to work with them on the release and marketing campaign."
 
Ed Arentz & William Schopf of Music Box Films stated, “Marina Abramović has been an important art world presence for decades but, as the filmmakers reveal she is a person whose life story and artistic practice lays claim on a wider audience's attention. Marina is a protean force of nature, an ageless beauty, disarmingly down to earth with an uncanny sense of empathy and a presence and innate glamour that any movie star would envy. Viewers - particularly those not familiar with performance art - are in for a major discovery.”
 

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