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Ira Sachs' KEEP THE LIGHTS ON is a new film about gay life and love in New York City.
Ira Sachs' KEEP THE LIGHTS ON is a new film about gay life and love in New York City.
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Teddy Award for Best Feature Film!

Dear Friends,

We're excited to share that this past week, Keep the Lights On won the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival! As the film has a scene set at the awards, it feels like a lovely, wonderful instance of life imitating art. Now in its 26th year, the award honors the best in queer cinema, and we feel proud to be in the same company of such past recipients as Derek Jarman’s The Last of England, Rose Troche’s Go Fish, Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids are Alright, and Pedro Almodovar’s Law of Desire. 

The Teddy Award caps off an exciting month on the road for KTLO.  In January, the film world premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival  to an appreciative, enthusiastic audience and a great reception from the press as well. Here’s what some of the critics had to say:                                                                                 

  • "An instant landmark in gay cinema, and easily the finest dramatic film I saw at Sundance this year. Not only does this film gloriously fulfill the potential that Ira Sachs tantalized movie-lovers with for years, it also helps explain what took him so long. Out of lost love comes a terrific work of art; it's the oldest story in the world, but it always feels new when it's done right." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon 
  • "Devastating. What could have been a routine film about love and addiction becomes something else entirely. This is personal filmmaking at its most eloquent and poetic, a movie that sent me reeling.” - Tom Hall, Filmmaker Magazine
  • “* * * ½ (out of four). Like a gay Scenes from a Marriage, this survey of a 9-year relationship as a codependent form of addiction is 100% honest/90% heartbreaking.” - Peter Debruge, Variety

Next stop is Istanbul, where the film will screen as part of !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival  on February 25 and February 26, followed soon after by the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival, with more requests coming in daily.  

Lastly, in Berlin, KTLO was represented by our new friends at the Films Boutique at the European Film Market, and has now sold to numerous territories throughout the world, including France, Hong Kong, Korea, and Taiwan. We expect to announce details on US distribution soon, as well as distribution pending in Germany, Poland, Israel, UK, and numerous other territories.  We are happy to say that the film will be seen in theaters throughout the world in the coming year!

We feel fortunate that some of you have been able to see the film already, and look forward to sharing it with a lot more of you in the months to come. Your support and facebook comments means a great deal. As always, please continue to follow us on facebook and twitter for news on when and where you can expect to find KEEP THE LIGHTS ON at a theatre near you!  

Warm Regards,

Ira, Lucas, and Marie Therese 


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