Mauricio Zacharias was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has earned an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California, where he received the Warner Brothers’ scholarship. He collaborated with director Karim Ainouz on Madame Satã and co-wrote the director’s Love for Sale. Those two films have together garnered more than 30 international awards. His latest project, The Brazilians, was an original script developed for Focus Features with director Andrucha Waddington. He is currently writing Immoral, a new screenplay for Karim Ainouz about the military dictatorship in 1970s Brazil. Keep The Lights On is his first collaboration with Ira Sachs and they are already planning the next one.