Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century and he discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City throughout the 70’s and 80’s. The film explores Mapplethorpe’s life from moments before he and Patti Smith moved into the famed Chelsea Hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Here he begins photographing its inhabitants and his newly found circle of friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars and member of the S&M underground. Starring Matt Smith (DOCTOR WHO, THE CROWN), this biopic 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.
Preceded by SET ME AS A SEAL UPON THINE HEART; dir Omer Tobi; 14 min
A gay sauna encounter between a young man and an older man becomes an unexpected lesson about love.