In Theatres: IRIS

irisComing to theatres today, Wednesday, April 29: IRIS

The late Al Maysles’ portrait of a NYC style maven made its debut at the New York Film Festival last Fall. It has since screened at the Hamptons, San Francisco, Tallinn Black Nights, Palm Springs, Portland, Miami, Ashland, Full Frame, Sarasota, Belfast, and IFF Boston, among others.

Documentary legend Maysles crafts a buoyant celebration of individuality and inspiration in his portrait of flamboyant nonagenarian fashion doyenne Iris Apfel. Together with her husband Carl, Iris ran the artisanal textile company Old World Weavers from 1950 until 1992, which established her as a mainstay within New York’s fashion industry. Known for her personal style, as reflected by her trademark oversized glasses, bold prints, and chunky costume jewelry, she became an unlikely senior fashion sensation when she was recognized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute with an unexpectedly popular exhibition in 2005. Maysles charming film is less concerned with her past, however, and instead follows the charismatic woman as she attends to her surprisingly active public schedule and hunt for inspiration, with quieter moments revealing a warm companionship with Carl, who becomes a centenarian during the course of the shoot.

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