Ira Sachs

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Ira Sachs
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Born (1965-11-21) November 21, 1965 (age 56)
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Occupation Filmmaker
Known for The Delta , Forty Shades of Blue , Married Life , Keep the Lights On
Boris Torres
(m. 2012)

Ira Sachs (born November 21, 1965) is an American filmmaker. His first film was the short Lady (1993).



Sachs was born in Memphis, Tennessee. His films include The Delta (1997), Forty Shades of Blue (2005), Married Life (2007), Keep the Lights On (2012), and Love Is Strange (2014). [1] His newest film, Little Men , premiered at Sundance in 2016.

Sachs is Jewish and openly gay. [2] [3] He described Keep the Lights On as semi-autobiographical film. [4] In January 2012, Sachs married artist Boris Torres in New York city, a few days before their twins were born. [5] [6] Sachs and Torres co-parent the children with documentary cinematographer and filmmaker Kirsten Johnson, who bore them. [7]

He appeared in the German documentary Wie ich lernte die Zahlen zu lieben/How I Learned to Love the Numbers (2014) by Oliver Sechting and Max Taubert.


As a Director

1997 The Delta
2005 Forty Shades of Blue
2007 Married Life
2012 Keep the Lights On
2014 Love Is Strange
2016 Little Men
2019 Frankie
2022 Passages [8]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1997 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize The Delta Nominated
1997 Rotterdam International Film Festival Outstanding Emerging TalentNominated
1997 Gotham Awards Open Palm AwardNominated
2005 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Forty Shades of Blue Won
2005 Deauville Film Festival Grand Special PrizeNominated
2012 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Keep the Lights On Nominated
2012 Berlin International Film Festival Best Feature FilmWon
2012 Chicago International Film Festival Best FeatureNominated
2012 Cahiers du cinéma Best Film10th Place
2013 Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature Nominated
2013 Best Director Nominated
2013 Best Screenplay Nominated
2014 Cahiers du cinéma Best Film Love Is Strange 8th Place
2014 Deauville Film Festival Grand Special PrizeNominated
2014 Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature Nominated
2014 Best Screenplay Nominated
2014 Gotham Awards Best FeatureNominated
2014Audience AwardsNominated
2014 Satellite Award Best Original ScreenplayNominated
2016 Berlin International Film Festival Best Feature Film Little Men Nominated
2016 Teddy Award Nominated
2016 Deauville Film Festival Grand Special PrizeWon
2016 Edinburgh International Film Festival Audience AwardNominated
2017 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Nominated
2019 Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Frankie Nominated

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