Keep the Lights On. 2012. USA. Directed by Ira Sachs. Screenplay by Mauricio Zacharias, Ira Sachs. With Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson. 101 min.
Nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor (Thure Lindhardt), 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 (Lindhardt) and closeted lawyer Paul (Zachary Booth) meet through a casual encounter, but soon find a deeper connection and become a couple. 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. Super 16mm.