U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures has acquired the world rights to Al Maysles’ fashion doc Iris, which follows iconic 93-year-old fashion plate Iris Apfel (pictured) and will be released in theaters next year.
The doc – which premiered at the New York Film Festival earlier this month and also picked up the Audience Award at the Hamptons Film Festival shortly thereafter – is a profile of Apfel, who is known for her flamboyant style and has been a mainstay on the New York fashion scene for decades. The Grey Gardens director traces Apfel’s upbringing in a middle-class neighborhood in Queens to her glamorous lifestyle in Manhattan.
Iris was produced by Laura Coxson, Rebekah Maysles and Jennifer Ash Rudick. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia’s senior VP Dori Begley and director of acquisitions John Von Thaden with Josh Braun of sales agent Submarine, who represented the filmmakers.
“Iris is an exceptionally charming and moving film about a life well-lived,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles in a statement. “I was completely taken by Iris Apfel watching it, and I’m confident audiences will fall for her, too. It’s an honor to be working with the legend Albert Maysles.”