When drugs, sex and risk start to define the relationship, their love is tested. Addiction and dysfunctional love bring together Keep the Lights On, a story of two men in New York City with a rare connection on their journey about friendship, sex, drugs and love.
Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue) directs the story of two men who come from different worlds, one a documentary filmmaker, Erik (Thure Lindhardt) and the other a closeted lawyer, Paul (Zachary Booth, Damages). Their casual encounter turns into a tempestuous relationship with many highs and many lows.
With an up-and-coming cast, Keep the Lights On unravels the strength of a relationship and how far love can go.
After opening to a handful of theaters in New York and Los Angeles in September, Keep the Lights On has slowly made its way to more theaters across the country. The film is set to release in Austin on Nov. 2, with a week-long run at Violet Crown Cinema. Read the official synopsis and watch the trailer below.
Official Synopsis: 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’ 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.