Keep the Lights On

Keep the Lights On

About the Film

Keep the Lights On chronicles an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship, and addiction. Documentary filmmaker Erik (Thure Lindhardt) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth, Damages) meet through a casual encounter, but soon find a deeper connection and become a couple. Individually and together, they are risk takers—compulsive, and fueled by drugs and sex. In an almost decade-long relationship defined by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity while being true to himself. Director Ira Sachs’s fearlessly personal screenplay is anchored by Lindhardt, who embodies Erik’s isolation and vulnerability with a gentle presence. Harrowing and romantic, visceral and layered, Keep the Lights On is a film that looks at love and all of its manifestations, taking it to dark depths and bringing it back to a place of grace. 
 
Starring: Starring Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane
Director: Ira Sachs
Release Date: 09/07/12

Reactions

“STUNNING! Moving and totally engrossing.” - Simon Abrams, indieWIRE

"Forget Brokeback Mountain; Keep the Lights On is the grittiest and most heartbreaking gay love story of our times." - Dan Heching, NEXT Magazine

“Easily the finest dramatic film I saw at Sundance this year.” - Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

“Beautiful and devasting.” - Tom Hall, Filmmaker Magazine

“A must-see.” - David Fear, Time Out New York

“(A) beautifully aching love story. Sach’s stunner is a front-runner for best American film of the year.” - Eric Hynes, The Village Voice

Awards & Festivals

  • Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - Best Feature Nominee
  • Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - Best Director Nominee (Ira Sachs)
  • Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - Best Actor Nominee (Thure Lindhardt)
  • Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - Best Original Screenplay Nominee (Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias)
  • Winner! Outfest 2012 - Outstanding Screenwriting in a US Dramatic Feature Film
  • Winner! Outfest 2012 - Outstanding US Dramatic Feature Film
  • Winner! Berlin International Film Festival 2012 Teddy Award - Best Feature Film
  • Sundance Film Festival 2012 - Official Selection
  • Sundance Film Festival 2012 Grand Jury Prize Nominee - Dramatic Film

Cast & Crew

Cast

Erik Rothman: Thure Lindhardt
Paul Lucy: Zachary Booth
Claire: Julianne Nicholson
Alassane: Souleymane Sy Savane

Crew

Director: Ira Sachs
Writers: Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias
Producers: Ira Sachs, Marie Therese Guirgis, Lucas Joaquin
Executive Producers: Ali Betil, Adam Hohenberg, Lars Knudsen, Jawal Nga, Jay Van Hoy
Cinematography: Thimios Bakatakis

Technical Info

Production Year: 2012
Release Date: 09/07/12
Countries of Production: US
Languages: English
Running Time: 1h 46m
Screen Ratio: 1.85:1
Rating: Unrated

Theaters

New York
New York
9/7/12
New York
New York
9/7/12
Los Angeles
California
9/7/12
Pasadena
California
9/7/12
New York
New York
9/7/12
Berkeley
California
9/14/12
San Francisco
California
9/14/12
Sag Harbor
New York
9/21/12
San Jose
California
9/21/12
San Francisco
California
9/21/12
Palm Desert
California
9/21/12
Fairfax
Virginia
9/21/12
Washington, D.C.
District of Columbia
9/21/12
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
9/21/12
Dayton
Ohio
9/30/12
Columbus
Ohio
10/5/12
Seattle
Washington
10/5/12
Toronto
Canada/Ontario
10/12/12
San Diego
California
10/12/12
Boston
Massachusetts
10/12/12
Miami
Florida
10/12/12
Dallas
Texas
10/19/12
Ashland
Oregon
10/19/12
Detroit
Michigan
10/19/12
Delray Beach
Florida
10/19/12
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
10/19/12
Hartford
Connecticut
10/21/12
Denver
Colorado
10/26/12
Minneapolis
Minnesota
10/26/12
Atlanta
Georgia
10/26/12
Cleveland
Ohio
10/26/12
Chicago
Illinois
10/26/12
Bloomington
Indiana
11/2/12
Austin
Texas
11/2/12
Charlotte
North Carolina
11/2/12
Nashville
Tennessee
11/2/12
Austin
Texas
11/2/12
Boulder
Colorado
11/9/12
Honolulu
Hawaii
11/9/12
Memphis
Tennessee
11/9/12
Portland
Oregon
11/9/12
Tucson
Arizona
11/9/12
Vancouver
Canada/British Columbia
11/9/12
Scottsdale
Arizona
11/9/12
Taos
New Mexico
11/11/12
Portland
Maine
11/14/12
San Francisco
California
11/14/12
Salt Lake City
Utah
11/16/12
Omaha
Nebraska
11/16/12
Ann Arbor
Michigan
11/19/12
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
11/23/12
Santa Fe
New Mexico
11/30/12
Montreal
Canada/Quebec
12/7/12

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Awards & Festivals

  • Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - Best Feature Nominee
  • Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - Best Director Nominee (Ira Sachs)
  • Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - Best Actor Nominee (Thure Lindhardt)
  • Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 - Best Original Screenplay Nominee (Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias)
  • Winner! Outfest 2012 - Outstanding Screenwriting in a US Dramatic Feature Film
  • Winner! Outfest 2012 - Outstanding US Dramatic Feature Film
  • Winner! Berlin International Film Festival 2012 Teddy Award - Best Feature Film
  • Sundance Film Festival 2012 - Official Selection
  • Sundance Film Festival 2012 Grand Jury Prize Nominee - Dramatic Film

Reactions

“STUNNING! Moving and totally engrossing.” - Simon Abrams, indieWIRE

"Forget Brokeback Mountain; Keep the Lights On is the grittiest and most heartbreaking gay love story of our times." - Dan Heching, NEXT Magazine

“Easily the finest dramatic film I saw at Sundance this year.” - Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

“Beautiful and devasting.” - Tom Hall, Filmmaker Magazine

“A must-see.” - David Fear, Time Out New York

“(A) beautifully aching love story. Sach’s stunner is a front-runner for best American film of the year.” - Eric Hynes, The Village Voice

Detailed Film Info

Keep the Lights On chronicles an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship, and addiction. Documentary filmmaker Erik (acclaimed Danish actor Thure Lindhardt in his first leading role in a U.S. film) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth, Damages) meet through a casual encounter, but soon find a deeper connection and become a couple. Individually and together, they are risk takers—compulsive, and fueled by drugs and sex. In an almost decade­-long relationship defined by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries and dignity while being true to himself.

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