Keep The Lights On director Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue, Delta) tapped into his own experience in a tumultuous relationship that would eventually morph into the film that screened to accolades at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals earlier this year, winning the New York-based filmmaker a Teddy Award at the Berlinale. Keep The Lights On morphed out of the disintegration of a relationship he had with a man that spanned a number of years in New York around the turn of the century. Career demands, extra-relationship temptations, addictions, obsessions and more play into the rocky road experienced by the young couple.
Ira Sachs' Keep The Lights On won the the Grand Jury Award for Best U.S. Dramatic Feature as well as the prize for Screenwriting, capping the 30th Outfest, the Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. Starring Thure Lindhardt and Zachary Booth, the film centers on doc filmmaker Erik Rothman who meets Paul Lucy a handsome but closeted lawyer in the publishing field. What begins as a highly charged first encounter soon becomes something much more, and a relationship quickly develops. As the two men start building a home and life together, each continues to privately battle their own compulsions and addictions.