16 items from 2012
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 22, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $38.94
Studio: Music Box
Keep The Lights On is a 2012 film drama about two New York men and their nearly decade-long relationship, which is fueled by sex, love, friendship, drugs and the essential human longing for companionship.
Written and directed by Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue), Keep The Lights On tells the story of documentary filmmaker Erik (Danish leading man Thure Lindhardt) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth, TV’s Damages), who meet through a casual encounter and then enter a extended and intense relationship. As the two men start building a home and life together, each continues to privately battle their own compulsions and addictions, drugs and sex among them. Over the course of their relationship, which is defined by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries »
Moodpiece specialist Ira Sachs has directed perhaps the most lived-in film of 2012
With 2005's Forty Shades of Blue and 2007's Married Life, Ira Sachs announced himself as a director of thoughtful, character-driven moodpieces. His latest is an uncommonly sensitive and mature drama about the on-off romance that unfolds over a decade between Erik (Thure Lindhardt), a Danish film-maker working in New York, and Paul (Zachary Booth), a volatile literary agent nursing a crack habit. The sex is great; it's the emotions, registered in piercing, lingering closeups, that neither can handle. The realisation the two head towards isn't easy, but it's faultlessly, heart-on-the-sleeve honest, and the leads make poetry out of Sachs's point: how memorable and formative even our unsuccessful encounters can be. Every frame pulses with hard-gained experience: it may be the most lived-in film of 2012, and certainly counts among the most moving.
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- Mike McCahill
★★★☆☆ Forty Shades of Blue (2005) and Married Life (2007) director Ira Sachs' Teddy and Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning drama Keep the Lights On (2012) is an honest and heart-rending tale of a torturous New York relationship, told in a fractured chronological fashion across a ten year period. A deeply personal voyage into filmmaking for its American director, Sachs' drug-ravaged love story is a refreshingly universal example of Lgbt cinema that, much like Andrew Haigh's hugely successful British contribution Weekend (2011), transcends the constraints of its apparently specialist sub-genre.
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- CineVue UK
★★★☆☆ From American director Ira Sachs (best known for previous efforts Married Life and Forty Shades of Blue) comes Keep the Lights On (2012), a sensitive, meandering drama set amongst the bohemian cafés and art galleries of New York City. Brought together through a hedonistic cocktail of sex and drugs, Danish filmmaker Erik (Thure Lindhart) and up-and-coming lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth) embark on a tumultuous, decade-long relationship, littered with highs, lows, unconditional love and crippling addiction, complemented by a stirring soundtrack from acclaimed indie musician Arthur Russell.
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- CineVue UK
"There’s no melodrama here, just a moving and totally engrossing story of two men in love," is how our man on the ground at Sundance described "Keep The Lights On." And for the rest of us who have yet to catch up with the movie, those words seem to be spot on when viewing the trailer for the upcoming film. Co-written and directed by Ira Sachs ("Forty Shades of Blue"), and starring Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth, the film tells the story of two men who fall in love, only to have their relationship complicated when one of them becomes hooked on drugs. It looks like some tremendously moving, strongly acted stuff, that seems like it was pretty handsomely shot as well. The film was up for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, won the Teddy Award in Berlin and played Tribeca earlier this year, so it's got some cred to back it up. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A pair of titles in our Most Anticipated Films for 2012 in #39. Andrew Dosunmu (Ma George) and #30. Mark Jackson (Untitled Sicily Project) are two of the lucky fifteen filmmakers to have received coin in the shape of 2012 Cinereach Project at Sundance Institute grants. Recipients include a trio of titles that we caught in Park City back in January in Terence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Ira Sach’s Keep the Lights On, and Destin Daniel Cretton’s I Am Not a Hipster. Here’s the press release.
Post-Production Feature Film Grants
Writer/director: Ira Sachs
The story of a tumultuous, decade-long relationship between two men in New York City. Keep the Lights On premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
- Eric Lavallee
The is a reprint of our review from Sundance.
With "Keep the Lights On," co-writer/director Ira Sachs has made a triumphant return to Sundance. His latest drama is a beautiful exploration of a relationship’s progression from start to finish. With great tact and depth of feeling, Sachs shows us that the most remarkable thing about any relationship is not the beginning or end but rather the maintenance of what could only unfairly be called a dysfunctional couple. Unlike Sachs’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning "Forty Shades of Blue," which focuses on a singular moment in a marriage’s disintegration, "Keep the Lights On" follows a couple as they struggle to stay together.
Sachs pulls no punches and, with the exception of one weak scene, never over-emphasizes a single moment as the definitive make-or-break point for his main couple. Every moment is poignant and significant in some way, even the small ones. »
- Simon Abrams
It's been a whole month since SXSW but the next fest is just a day away, with the 11th installment of the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York-based celebration of the movies set up by Robert De Niro and producing partner Jane Rosenthal, kicking off this Wednesday, April 18th.
Running to the end of the month, this year's festival is bookended by a pair of particularly high-profile pictures: opening with "The Five-Year Engagement," the latest Judd Apatow-produced rom-com from Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel (the team behind "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "The Muppets") and closing with Joss Whedon's Marvel superhero team-up "The Avengers." And yesterday, we ran down our most anticipated titles from the fest, many of which are making their world premiere or stateside debuts.
However, a number of films playing Tribeca are highlights from major festivals across the last year, from Cannes to Sundance. We've caught »
- Oliver Lyttelton
In 2009, when Rachel Chanoff had just begun programming at the 92Y Tribeca in New York, she asked Ira Sachs (the director of the '12 Sundance hit "Keep the Lights On" and '05 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Forty Shades of Blue") if he'd be interested in programming a queer film series for the space's ambitious and eclectic film program. Sachs had recently met a young filmmaker, Adam Baran (who was then Contributing Editor at the iconic Butt Magazine and is currently working on a short film, "Jackpot"), and the two had been talking about approaching film from an art perspective. Together, Sachs and Baran joined forces to accept Chanoff's offer. Three years later, the monthly film series is one of the best programmed and most community-centered in the city, regularly selling out shows at their new, larger venue, the IFC Center in the West Village. Last night, they debuted at Cinefamily's Silent Movie Theatre, »
- Bryce J. Renninger
Arthouse distrib Music Box Films today announced that they will handle the U.S. and Canadian release of writer-director Ira Sachs’ semi-autobiographical relationship drama Keep the Lights On, which premiered at Sundance back in January and won the Teddy award (for best Lgbt film) last month at Berlin. Sachs — best known for his films Forty Shades of Blue, the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, and The Delta — made headlines when he raised the final $25,000 of his budget for Lights through Kickstarter.
Announcing the acquisition of Sachs’ film, Ed Arentz, the Managing Director of Music Box Films, said, “We’ve been fans of Ira Sachs since The Delta so it’s a special treat to be able to present his latest film. Ira gets the big, little and difficult things right in Keep the Lights On: the thrill and evanescence of desire, the endurance of love, the unknowableness of others »
- Nick Dawson
Music Box Films has acquired all North American rights to the drama "Keep the Lights On." Co-written and directed by Ira Sachs ("Forty Shades of Blue"), the film centers on a long-term relationship between a gay documentary filmmaker and a closeted lawyer (portrayed by Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth). It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Teddy Award, the prize for the best film with an Lgbt theme. "Keep the Lights On" will screen at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival next month. The film was produced by Sachs, Marie »
- Brent Lang
New York, NY (March 12, 2012) – Music Box Films announced today that the company is acquiring all North American rights to Keep The Lights On, the latest film from Ira Sachs. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Subsequently, at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, it received the Teddy Award, the prize for the best film with an Lgbt theme. In his autobiographically inspired, fictional relationship drama Keep The Lights On, filmmaker – and recipient of Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize in 2005 for his film Forty Shades Of Blue – Ira Sachs chronicles the emotionally and sexually charged journey through the love, addiction, and friendship of two men (portrayed by Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth). The film was produced by Sachs, Marie ThereseGuirgis, and Lucas Joaquin, and the stellar supporting cast includes Julianne Nicholson (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Souléymane Sy Savané (Goodbye Solo) and Paprika Steen (Applause). The film will »
- MIKE FLEMING
"Keep the Lights On" looks like what it is: An incredibly personal work for writer-director Ira Sachs. The story of Danish documentarian Erik (Thure Lindhardt) living in New York and enduring a tumultuous relationship with the drug-addicted Paul (Zachary Booth) spans a decade with an unhurried pace attuned to the on-again, off-again pattern that the men endure. Sachs' quiet, observational style conveys the rich texture of the characters' ever-changing behavior. It's deeply affecting, even when nothing much happens. Closer in tone to Sachs' "Forty Shades of Blue" than his large-scale outing "Married Life," the new work mainly centers on Erik's continuing inability to stabilize his existence. Slaving away on an Avery Willard documentary, he hardly has time for a personal life and spends his free time calling anonymous phone sex ads. Lacking a strategy for stabilizing himself, Erik looks perpetually sad. "In your twenties, »
With "Keep the Lights On," co-writer/director Ira Sachs has made a triumphant return to Sundance. His latest drama is a beautiful exploration of a relationship’s progression from start to finish. With great tact and depth of feeling, Sachs shows us that the most remarkable thing about any relationship is not the beginning or end but rather the maintenance of what could only unfairly be called a dysfunctional couple. Unlike Sachs’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning "Forty Shades of Blue," which focuses on a singular moment in a marriage’s disintegration, "Keep the Lights On" follows a couple as they struggle to stay together. Sachs pulls no punches and, with the exception of one weak scene, never over-emphasizes a single moment as the definitive make-or-break point for his main couple. Every moment is poignant and significant in some way, even the small ones. It’s that sense of potential, »
The Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend, has been known to launch the careers of many a rising talent. The Festival has changed over the decades from a low-profile venue for small-budget, independent creators outside the Hollywood system to a now media extravaganza for the Hollywood industry. One thing that hasn’t changed is the number of great movies which premiere each and every year. This year has one of the best line-ups in recent memory. From niche horror to promising indie debuts, the festival is screening 110 feature-length films from 31 countries, so I’ve decided to narrow it down for everyone. Here are the movies you should keep an eye out for this year.
2 Days In New York
Once again, movie lovers and industry insiders will be gathering in Park City, Utah this month for the annual independent film orgy known as the Sundance Film Festival (January 19-29) with additional action unspooling at the longstanding alternative event known as Slamdance (January 20-26).
The Lgbt offerings for 2012 look to be slimmer than in years past but here's a sneak peek at some of the titles debuting in Park City that you'll be wanting to keep an eye out for at your local Lgbt film festival this year. Caveat: I have not actually seen any of these films except one (My Best Day which I heartily recommend).
From out gay writer-director Ira Sachs (The Delta, Forty Shades of Blue) comes the autobiographical romantic drama, Keep The Lights On. Set in the late '90s against a New York City backdrop this is the lone gay feature in the highly competitive U. »
16 items from 2012
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