Program: Behind the Candelabra (Free Screening)
About Behind the Candelabra (Free Screening):
Behind the Candelabra will be simulcast with the HBO Canada television premiere to provide an opportunity for audiences of the Inside Out Film Festival to see the film. The film is not part of the official festival line-up and is therefore not eligible for the Feature Audience Award.
This is a Free Screening. Tickets can be reserved in advance through the box office. Limited to six (6) tickets per person.
Donations in lieu of ticket price will be accepted at the time of reservation over the phone and in person.
*Due to the nature of the live broadcast of the screening, the pre-show and introductions will begin at approximately 8:50 p.m. with the screening starting promptly at 9:00 p.m. No admittance after 9:00 p.m.
Inside Out, in association with HBO Canada, is pleased to present a special screening of the television premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra. Sparkling more brightly than the diamond-encrusted costumes Liberace sported, Behind the Candelabra pulls back the curtain on the turbulent six-year relationship between the Las Vegas ivory-tickler and his much younger lover, Scott Thorson.
Thorson first met Liberace in 1976 and, a year later, was acting as the pianist’s chauffeur. The pair became entwined in an intense relationship, Liberace showering the teenager with lavish gifts, vacations and promises of adoption, and forcing him to undergo plastic surgery in order to make Thorson into a younger version of himself.
Behind the Candelabra charts the rollercoaster ride of the couple’s stormy relationship, with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon effortlessly disappearing into their roles, accompanied by bubble baths, music and outrageous outfits. Rob Lowe, as Liberace’s personal plastic surgeon, is a wonder to behold.
Based on Thorson’s autobiography, Behind the Candelabra marks what director Soderbergh claims is his final film, and is as flamboyant and fabulous as the late great entertainer himself.