It feels like yesterday when I organised the first Cracking the Frame evening at Rialto (we opened with a rocking screening of Blank City if you’re wondering..) and here we are, announcing the first screening of year three.
Month after month, this unique program in The Netherlands entirely dedicated to art documentaries has grown a large loyal audience and attracted media attention.
Many beautiful films and good memories afterwards, I am thrilled to launch another season of Cracking the Frame.
We open in September with the Dutch premiere of a brand new documentary dedicated to the work, thoughts and feelings of one of the masters of modern photography, Saul Leiter.
Wednesday 18 September, 19.30h at Rialto cinema Amsterdam.
In No Great Hurry – 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter
UK / USA | 2012 | 75 min
Internationally renowned for his abstract color photographs, Leiter has been a solitary and media-shy artist for most of his life.
Never driven by the lure of success, while his work was featured in some of the most important museums around the world he remained more interested in expressing himself through his photographs and paintings than in building his own career.
Leiter chose instead to dedicate himself only to what truly inspired him or, in his own words, “in order to build a career and to be successful, one has to be determined. One has to be ambitious. I much prefer to drink coffee, listen to music and to paint when I feel like it.”
Broken down into thirteen lessons in life, IN NO GREAT HURRY follows Leiter as he talks openly about his life philosophy, deals with the burden of becoming world famous in his 80’s and tries to organize the huge archive of works and memories stacked to the ceiling of his apartment.
An intimate, funny and moving film dedicated to work of a humble master and to the life-long search for beauty of an extraordinary man.
Wonderful – The Guardian
A beautiful film about a lovely man – The Times
A beautifully-shot tribute to a unique talent – It’s Nice That
He’s a prolific, intelligent artist whose meditative and quietly observant persona is reflected in his street pictures of urban lives in passing. By turns self-effacing, wise, humorous and peevish, the 90-year-old Leiter is at his most poignant when remembering his long-term partner, the late Soames Bantry. […] Broken down into 13 lessons in life, this is a gentle and melancholy film that, given his advancing years, could be Leiter’s swan song. – Time Out
Cracking the Frame
A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art related documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.