Keep the Lights On
With director Ira Sachs in person
Dir. Ira Sachs. 2012, 96 mins. Digital projection. With Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth. Following a decade-long relationship between a documentary filmmaker and a young, up-and-coming lawyer, Keep the Lights On is a strikingly honest portrait of love and addiction in New York City. Sachs’s quietly observant film offers a nonjudgmental and deeply moving romantic drama that is beautifully photographed in Super 16mm by cinematographer Thimios Bakatakis (Dogtooth). Like last year’s hits Weekend and Pariah, it is a gay-themed film that is universally resonant.
“A front-runner for best American film of the year.” — Eric Hynes, Village Voice
“An instant landmark. Easily the finest dramatic film I saw at Sundance this year.” — Andrew O’Hehir, Salon