The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival will get underway on May 23 and run until June 2 and one of the films featured will be the Steven Soderbergh film about the life of Liberace. As reported by the Toronto Staron Wednesday, “Behind the Candelabra” will be shown as a special presentation at the annual movie showcase.
The film, which stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his younger live-in lover Scott Thorson, has received much publicity over the past few months leading up to its anticipated debut on HBO in late May. Most of the talk has surrounded the actors playing the role.
Back in December, Matt Damon discussed romantic scenes with Michael Douglas in the movie. he called Douglas “a wonderful kisser” and described one of the scenes in the January/February issue of Playboy Magazine:
“For one scene, I had to come out of the pool, go over to Michael Douglas, straddle him on a chaise lounge and start kissing him. It’s not like I kiss him just once. We drew it up like a football plan.”
The film journeys on the relationship between Liberace and Thorson from when they first meet backstage at a Las Vegas Hilton performance till their public breakup that went public.
The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival will also feature Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “C.O.G”, which is the first film adaptation from the short stories of David Sedaris amongst many other films aimed towards the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.