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Event: Mapplethorpe


Thu Mar. 14, 2019
At 7:30 P.M

TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King St. West
Toronto, Ontario

Inside Out's More Play Series returns with the Canadian Premiere of Mapplethorpe, filmmaker Ondi Timoner's biopic of the provocative and legendary photographer.

March 14, 2019 | 7:30 PM 
TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West

***Our More Play Screening of MAPPLETHORPE is SOLD OUT and is now subject to our RUSH POLICY!***

Any leftover or previously held tickets will be released for sale 15 minutes prior to the event. If you wish to attend, join us at the TIFF Box Office for up to two hours before the screening start time to join the Rush Line. If you have already purchased your ticket, we encourage you to arrive early to ensure optimal seating.


Watch the Official Trailer HERE!

Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe (Matt Smith) discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s. After moving into the Chelsea Hotel with Patti Smith (Marianne Rendón), Mapplethorpe begins photographing its inhabitants and his new found circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground. Mapplethorpe’s work displayed eroticism in a way that had never been examined nor displayed before to the public, exploring the intersection of his art and his sexuality along with his struggle for mainstream recognition.

Mapplethorpe offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine it all. Mapplethorpe is an electrifying and chronological look at the influences and practices that captured male homo-erotic desire so poignantly in the face of the devastating toll of the AIDS crisis.


Screening co-presented by Contact Photography Festival