Ira Sachs follows up last year’s acclaimed, Keep the Lights On, with another take on modern love. Acting veterans John Lithgow and Alfred Molina star as Ben and George, a Manhattan couple who are finally given the opportunity to make their union official. But when Ben loses his teaching job as a result, the relationship is tested in unconventional ways—leaving them to more strongly rely on their love to hold things together. Lithgow and Molina deliver inspired performances, while Sachs expertly guides his cast in the delicate dance of difficult emotions and scenarios presented among friends, family, and loved ones.
Length: 95 minutes
Premiere: New York
Director: Ira Sachs
Screenwriter: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias
Producer: Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Lucas Joaquin
Editor: Michael Taylor, Affonso Goncalves
Cinematographer: Christos Voudouris
Production Designer: Amy Williams
Costume Designer: Arjun Bhasin
Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson, Manny Perez, Darren Burrows
Ira Sachs’ last feature, Keep the Lights On, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards. He co-wrote Love Is Strange with Lights’ Mauricio Zacharias. Among his previous films is the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Forty Shades of Blue (2005).