We are thrilled to announce that Keep The Lights On has been accepted into the US Dramatic Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 19 – 29th in Park City, Utah. Directed by Ira Sachs, Keep The Lights On is one of 16 films in the section, selected from 2,059 to apply. The film stars Thure Lindhardt (Into the Wild, Angels and Demons, Flame & Citron) and Zachary Booth (Damages, Dark Horse) as two men who meet in New York City in the late 1990′s and begin to build a home and life together. Over the course of the next ten years, they struggle to maintain their relationship while battling their own compulsions and addictions. A film about sex, friendship, intimacy and most of all, love, Keep the Lights On takes an honest look at the nature of relationships in our times.
Written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias (Madame Satã, Seuly in the Sky), the film co-stars Julianne Nicholson (Boardwalk Empire, Tully), Souléymane Sy Savané (Goodbye Solo, Machine Gun Preacher), and Paprika Steen (The Celebration, Applause, Open Hearts). The Producers are Sachs, Lucas Joaquin and Marie Therese Guirgis; and Executive Producers are Ali Betil, Jawal Nga, Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen; Associate Producers are Adam Hohenberg, Iddo Patt and Alex Scharfman.
The Sundance Film Festival and director Ira Sachs have a history that spans almost 20 years. Sachs’ films Lady (1994), The Delta (1997), Forty Shades of Blue (2005), and Last Address (2010) all premiered at Sundance, with Forty Shades of Blue winning the Grand Jury Prize in 2005. Sachs has also mentored other filmmakers at the 2008 and 2010 Sundance Director’s Lab, 2010 Israel Film Lab, and the 2011 Screenwriter’s Lab. He is thrilled to be back at Sundance to premiere Keep The Lights On.
The Sundance Film Festival has a long history of supporting important new queer cinema, with the festival premiering and giving awards to now classic queer films including Paris is Burning, Poison, The Kids are Alright, Longtime Companion, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Sachs created both the popular New York IFC Center film series Queer/Art/Film, which selects artists to present films that influenced them, and Queer/Art/Mentorship, a new program that pairs emerging artists with established artists in their field. Keep The Lights On is Ira Sachs’ first feature film to feature gay subject matter since 1997′s The Delta, and comes at a time when queer films like Weekend, Circumstance, and Pariah have achieved widespread critical and audience acclaim.
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