Running Time: 94 min

Ondi Timoner


Film Website

World Premiere
Tribeca Film Festival

Official Selection
Outfest Los Angeles

Official Selection
Frameline - San Francisco Int’l LGBTQ Film Festival

Photographer, soul mate, leather man, coke addict, enfant terrible, genius — Robert Mapplethorpe lived many fascinating lives. This searing, brutally honest biopic explores the remarkable journey of the artist who died of AIDS complications at age 42.

In the title role, Matt Smith is virtually unrecognizable from his career-making roles in DOCTOR WHO and THE CROWN. His Mapplethorpe seamlessly evolves from a curious but closeted Catholic student to the reigning cause célèbre of the 1980s New York art world. In between, Smith embodies Mapplethorpe’s ferocious, swaggering ambition as a starving artist living in the legendary Chelsea Hotel with future punk icon Patti Smith. The movie lovingly recreates their impassioned relationship, as documented in her National Book Award-winning bestseller, JUST KIDS. Up-and-comer Marianne Rendón plays Patti with a vivid physicality.

A two-time Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance, noted documentarian Ondi Timoner (DIG!) makes her bold feature debut with MAPPLETHORPE. For this film, she gained unprecedented access to many of Mapplehorpe’s most celebrated masterworks, including selections from his infamous X Portfolio, the still-controversial BDSM images that set off a national debate during the culture wars of the 1980s. Timoner’s daring, unflinching gaze at this groundbreaking visual artist makes this biopic one of the fall’s must-see films.
— Frank Danay
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