Ai Weiwei and Marina Abramović Documentaries Finally Opening This Summer


Two highly-anticipated documentaries — one of which we’ve been chatting about for some time here — are readying for a national rollout, according to the LA Times . Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present both screened at Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, but the docs are officially set for summertime releases in locales that (hopefully) won’t require a plane ticket.

Never Sorry started filming before the outspoken contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei was arrested and detained in China for several months. Director Alison Klayman finished the film once he was released, won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance, and will have her New York premiere on July 27. The film will also be available On-Demand through Sundance Selects.

Also heading to the small screen is Matthew Akers Marina Abramović documentary. The film centers on the preparation for the performance artist’s major retrospective at MoMA — which found Abramović at the institution every day sharing an intimate, quiet performance with viewers at opposite ends of a table. The film will air on HBO on July 2, but a theatrical screening in New York and LA will apparently happen in June. Look for more details on the Nuart Theatre and Film Forum websites.