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.
“STUNNING! Moving and totally engrossing.”
"Forget Brokeback Mountain; Keep the Lights On is the grittiest and most heartbreaking gay love story of our times."
“Easily the finest dramatic film I saw at Sundance this year.”
“Beautiful and devasting.”
Time Out New York
“(A) beautifully aching love story. Sach’s stunner is a front-runner for best American film of the year.”
The Village Voice
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
Audio commentary with Director Ira Sachs
Behind the Scenes
In Search of Avery Willard (Blu-ray Exclusive)
Cast Audition Tapes (Blu-ray Exclusive)
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