Ira Sachs was born in 1965 in Memphis, Tennessee. His films include Frankie, Little Men (Grand Prix, 2016 Deauville American Film Festival), Love is Strange, Keep the Lights On (Teddy Award, 2012 Berlinale), Forty Shades of Blue (Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, 2005 Sundance) and his first feature, The Delta. A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, Sachs is also the Founding Director of Queer|Art, a non-profit that provides support for LGBTQ+ artists in film, performance, literature and visual arts. Presently, Sachs lives in Quito, Ecuador, with his husband, painter Boris Torres, their two children, Viva and Felix, and their children’s moms, Tabitha Jackson and Kirsten Johnson.
An icon of independent American filmmaking, Ira Sachs will do us the honor of his presence for the 12th edition of Champs-Élysées Film Festival. A guest of the very first edition of the festival in 2012, where his fourth feature film Keep the lights on was screened, Ira Sachs has relentlessly contributed to the history of independent American cinema with works as touching as they are unique, exploring the realm of the intimate and mapping an underground NYC. His latest feature film, Passages (Sundance, Berlinale), in which he magnifies the love triangle trope, will be screened for its French Premiere alongside a selection of his previous shorts and features. Finally, he will partake in a unique masterclass moderated by Romain Burrel.