CRACKING THE FRAME – JAAR: LAMENT OF THE IMAGES

“I want to communicate to people about certain things that are happening around us, around the world, close or far. In order to transform this information into art you have to add poetry. It’s essential.” Alfredo Jaar

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JAAR, LAMENT OF THE IMAGES
Paula Rodríguez Sickert
Chile | 2017 | 77 min

JAAR, LAMENT OF THE IMAGES is the first documentary dedicated to the influential contemporary artist Alfredo Jaar.

Jaar’s works deliver important political messages and reflect urgent current issues, such as immigration at the US-Mexico border, the genocide in Rwanda, and the coup in Chile, Jaar’s native country and where his career started.

Directed by the award-winning filmmaker Paula Rodríguez Sickert, the documentary is a journey through his work, revealing his ideas and sources of inspiration through interviews and through his most discussed exhibitions and installations worldwide.

The soundtrack of the film is composed by one of the most trailblazing contemporary electronic music producer Nicolas Jaar, Alfredo’s own son.

“Art as an act of resistance. Art as a last bastion of freedom in a society that has become immune to images.” – Dokfest

 “Impressive.” – Screen Anarchy

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Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
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CRACKING THE FRAME – MAURIZIO CATTELAN: BE RIGHT BACK

“Maura Axelrod’s film builds a compelling and intimate portrait. Bold, witty… as playful as a Cattelan work itself…” – BBC

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MAURIZIO CATTELAN: BE RIGHT BACK
Maura Axelrod | USA | 2016 | 94 min

Maurizio Cattelan is one of the most successful and controversial artists of our time, and one of the most unpredictable. Notoriusly provocative and elusive, Cattelan made his career on playful and subversive works that send up the artistic establishment.

Cattelan shook up the contemporary art world in the late 1980s with a series of action-based installations, including his first solo show in Milan, ‘Torno Subito (Be Right Back)’. Over his twenty-year career, he continued to inspire, disorient and insult, with satirical artworks portraying Adolf Hitler as a schoolboy or a meteorite hitting Pope John Paul II, and culminating in an all encompassing installation and retirement in 2011.

Filmmaker Maura Axelrod fascinatingly excavates Maurizio Cattelan’s disruptive and indelible career as the preminent art-world prankster of our time, interviewing curators, collectors and ex-girlfriends on what makes this most compelling of conceptual visionaries really tick.

Easily the most entertaining art film since Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop” – Variety

“Probing, wistful, and at times hilarious… an uproarious and thought-provoking film” – New York Times

Premiere screening at Rialto Amsterdam, Wednesday 17 January 19:30h.
Extra screenings in selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas throughout February.

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CRACKING THE FRAME – TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART

 

“My new paintbrush is a Caterpillar” – Walter De Maria

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TOUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART
James Crump | 2015 | USA | 74 min

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film portrays renegade New York artists Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria and Michael Heizer, who sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest.

Land artists were exploring a larger canvas to work on while simultaneously seeking to create works that induced awe in the viewer, thus producing a new kind of pilgrimage and a new kind of visceral viewing experience. These revolutionary artists took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. Their radical experience changed the landscape of art forever.

Through rare period footage, new interviews and extraordinary aerial images of the most significant land art sites, TRUBLEMAKERS takes viewers on an immersive cinematic ride through the bellicose and uncompromising history of the land art movement.

“Takes it place among the great art documentaries of the last half-century.” – The Wall Street Journal

This special screening will be introduced by Jean Bernard Koeman
Jean Bernard Koeman is a visual artist and exhibition maker. From 1998 through to the end of 2002, he was the driving force and inspiring director of Arts Centre W139 in Amsterdam.

Premiere screening at Rialto Amsterdam, Wednesday 18 October 19:30h.
Extra screenings in selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas throughout November. 

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Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRACKING THE FRAME – MAPPLETHORPE – LOOK AT THE PICTURES

“It forces viewers to take long looks at his most controversial imagery, proving that he still has the power to provoke, seduce and enrage.” ★★★★ The Guardian

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MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato | USA | 2016 | 108 min

“Look at the pictures,” said Senator Jesse Helms, denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed boundaries with frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism.
MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES is the first definitive portrait of the controversial American artist Robert Mapplethorpe, from his early beginnings in New York City to his meteoric rise in the art world and untimely death in 1989. With unprecedented access to The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the documentary features never-before-seen photographs and footage of the elusive artist. Mapplethorpe himself is a strong presence, telling his story in his own words through recently rediscovered audio recordings, with complete honesty and often shocking candor.
This is the unique portrait of an artist who turned photography into contemporary fine art. Acclaimed directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (“Inside Deep Throat”; “Party Monster”; “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”) explore the blurred lines between Mapplethorpe’s personal and professional lives. An unflinching, unprecedented look at Mapplethorpe most provocative work and the one thing more outrageous than Robert Mapplethorpe’s art, his own life.

 “A remarkable achievement” ★★★★ The Times
“A candid, often shocking documentary portrait of a great photographer” ★★★★ Time Out
 “A thoughtful, compelling documentary.” ★★★★ The Financial Times
 “Beautiful and clear-eyed documentary” ★★★★ BBC

This special screening will take on Wednesday 22 March 19:30h at Rialto Amsterdam with an introduction by Rob Jurka, founder of Galerie Jurka. Opened in Amsterdam in 1970, Galerie Jurka was the first art gallery in Europe to show photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe and to publish a catalogue dedicated to his work. More screenings will follow in other Dutch cities in April. 

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed arts documentaries.
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.

CRACKING THE FRAME – THE MUSES OF BASHEVIS SINGER

“A harem full of translators would be heaven on earth.” – Bashevis Singer

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Wednesday 24 February, 19:30, Rialto Amsterdam
THE MUSES OF BASHEVIS SINGER
Asaf Galay & Shaul Betser | Israel | 2014 | 72 min

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991) became the first Yiddish language author to receive a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978. After emigrating from Poland to the United States Singer became widely renowned for his short stories full of sharp sense of humour, absurdity and sensuality. While Singer arose to become the most internationally famous and successful Yiddish writer of all times, not many people were aware that for most of his career the writer worked with a ‘harem’ of dozens of young female translators. Beyond acting as simple translators, these women were a vital source of his creativity and the inspiration he drew from them came in many forms, often mixing romance with professional collaboration. Through their work, these intelligent and literary women introduced Singer to audiences around the world.
THE MUSES OF BASHEVIS SINGER reveals the unique collaboration between the writer and his translators by giving voice to the remaining nine of them, offering a delightful glimpse behind the curtain of Singer’s personality and his literary methods. Mixing intimate interviews and exclusive archival footage, the film retells the writer’s career through the eyes of the people who knew him best while bringing in the spotlight the often underrated role of translators and their own artistic practise.

“Dozens of women throughout Singer’s life worked with him to open the doors to his singular Yiddish prose for the rest of the world to enjoy, and his relationships with many of them blurred the lines between the professional and the personal. This is their story, and his—as well as a story of the arts of literature, translation, love, and life itself.” – Filmlinc
“This is a neat little film. Very much recommended.” – Unseen Films
“Israeli directors Shaul Betser and Asaf Galay tracked down nine of these women and some wonderful footage–not just of Singer’s interviews over the years (in one of which, with Dick Cavett in 1979, he takes exception to the commandment against adultery) but of Singer at work with his translators. […] All this behind-the-scenes creative stuff is so interesting, it may distract from the fact that, then as now, the famous take advantage of those who feel honored just to be next to them.” – Huffington Post

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed arts documentaries.
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.

CRACKING THE FRAME – IRIS

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

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Wednesday 18 November, 19:30h, Rialto Amsterdam

IRIS

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.

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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.

CRACKING THE FRAME – ALTMAN

Like a jazz musician taking a long, always unpredictable half-century solo, Altman was in constant motion, relentlessly blurring the line between life and art.

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Wednesday 23 September, 19:30h, Rialto Amsterdam

ALTMAN

Ron Mann
Canada | 2014 | 96 min
In English with no subtitles

An in-depth look at the life and times of legendary filmmaker Robert Altman, author of landmark films such as M*A*S*H, The Long Goodbye, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts, Gosford Park and many more.

While refusing to bow down to Hollywood‘s conventions, or its executives, Altman‘s unique style of filmmaking won him friends and enemies, earned him world-wide praise and proved that it is possible to make truly independent films.
The very term “Altmanesque” has come to denote a cinematic style characterized by dark
humor, chaotic choreography, overlapping dialogue, multi-layered storylines, iconoclastic characters and an ensemble approach to imagining and crafting a film.

Altman himself acts a guide through Ron Mann’s crafty cinematic portrait. Mann mixes archival footage and new interviews with Altman’s key players (Lily Tomlin, Robin Williams, Lyle Lovett, Julianne Moore, Elliott Gould, Paul Thomas Anderson, Michael Murphy, James Caan, Bruce Willis…) and family members to give unprecedented access to the Altman vault. ALTMAN is the first documentary to present the director and his work in an inspired form that echoes Altman’s own approach.

An affectionate, moving portrait of the legendary director […] that leads you from Altman’s life back to his films, and makes you want to see them anew. – The Globe and Mail

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.

CRACKING THE FRAME – BALLET 422

“A delightfully immersive look at how a ballet is created.” – The New York Post

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Wednesday 20 May, 19.30h, Rialto Amsterdam

BALLET 422

Jody Lee Lipes
USA | 2014 | 75 min
Dutch premiere

An intimate vérité portrait offering a rare peek into the highly-guarded world of professional ballet.
From first rehearsal to world premiere, BALLET 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet, one of the world’s most important ballet companies in the world, and illuminates the process behind the creation of a modern dance piece.

When 25-year-old NYCB dancer Justin Peck begins to emerge as a promising young choreographer, he is commissioned to create a new ballet for the company’s winter season, the 422nd ballet in the history of NYCB.
With unprecedented access to the company, the film follows Peck as he collaborates with musicians, lighting designers, costume designers and his fellow dancers, working under growing pressure to create his ballet Paz de la Jolla on time.

BALLET 422 will be introduced by Peter Leung, creative director and choreographer of House of Makers alongside dancer Wendeline Wijkstra, both of who are currently working for The Dutch National Ballet.

Best Documentary Nomination – Tribeca 2014 and Seattle International Film Festival 2014

“BALLET 422 is more visually sumptuous than most narratives you’re likely to see this year, featuring careful compositions that make watching the film an aesthetic experience as much as an intellectual one.” – 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.

CRACKING THE FRAME – BECAUSE I WAS A PAINTER

“A meditation on suffering and beauty and how art can bridge the gap between the two.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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14 April 2015, 19.30h, Rialto Amsterdam

BECAUSE I WAS A PAINTER

Christophe Cognet
France & Germany | 2013 | 104 min
Dutch premiere

BECAUSE I WAS A PAINTER is an unprecedented investigation into the artworks secretly produced in Nazi concentration camps.
Unlikely as it may seem, in 1945, when the Allies liberated the concentration camps, they discovered thousands of hidden artworks. These works, created by imprisoned artists both to escape their misery and to record their experiences for generations to come, offer an unparalleled recounting of life in the camps.

Chrisophe Cognet’s compelling documentary shows the paintings, drawings and sculptures held in collections in France, Germany, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, Belgium and Switzerland. By revealing these clandestine images, BECAUSE I WAS A PAINTER explores the very notions of art and the artists’ impulse to create, while at the same time questioning our perception of beauty and aesthetics.
Shot over a period of nearly ten years and featuring interviews with surviving artists, international curators and art critics, this fascinating documentary examines the ability of art to capture, reflect and persist, even in the darkest of circumstances.

Nominated CinemaXXI Award – Rome Film Festival 2013

“BECAUSE I WAS A PAINTER considers the ability of art to capture, reflect and survive under unimaginable conditions.” – Indiewire

“Ce film remarquable pose une question perturbante : de beauté, peut-il être encore question quand les abîmes vous engloutissent?” – Le Monde

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.

CRACKING THE FRAME – REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG

“The only interesting answers are those which destroy the question.” Susan Sontag

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18 March 2015, 19.30h, Rialto Amsterdam

REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG

Nancy Kates
USA | 2014 | 100 min

REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is a vibrant portrait of the American essayist, critic, novelist, filmmaker, outspoken feminist, and public intellectual Susan Sontag
An intimate and nuanced investigation into the life of one of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century.

Passionate and gracefully outspoken throughout her career, Susan Sontag became one of the most important literary, political and feminist icons of her generation.
Fiercely private about her personal life, but coolly fearless in the public arena, Sontag commanded attention for more than four decades through a rich output of writings and films.

REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG explores Sontag’s life through archival materials, animations, accounts from friends, family, colleagues, and lovers, as well as her own words, read by Patricia Clarkson.

From her early infatuation with books to her first experience in a gay bar; from her early marriage to her most controversial public pronouncements, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG is a fascinating look at a towering cultural critic whose works on photography, war, illness, art and terrorism still resonate today.

Special Jury Prize – 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

“A brutally honest portrait of one of the most important intellectual icons of the last century.” – Looped Magazine

“An intimate tribute to a woman who was “constantly being reborn” in her public assessment of the world around her. […] A serious-minded and aesthetically ambitious portrait.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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.