“A love letter to individualism, and the love that fuels it. – Little White Lies”


Wednesday 18 November, 19:30h, Rialto Amsterdam


Albert Maysles
USA | 2014 | 80 min
In English with no subtitles

IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style icon who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades.

More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire and to find her own inspiration. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are real life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.

IRIS is the last film of iconic American director Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter, Salesman), celebrated by The New York Times as “the dean of documentary filmmakers”. In the typical observational style that he pioneered, Maysles follows the quirky subject of his film as she moves through the New York fashion world. The result is a deeply inspiring, funny and heart-warming portrait of a true anti-conformist.


A joyous celebration of creativity and razor-sharp wit sustained into old age, as evinced by outspoken nonagenarian fashion icon Iris Apfel, Iris also offers proof of Albert Maysles’ continued vitality as a documentarian. – Variety

Like all good documentaries, Iris is about much more than what we see on the surface, no matter how dazzling that surface may be. – The Village Voice

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed arts documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

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