‘Lights On’ shines at Outfest

Ira Sach's drama earns awards for best feature, script

Outfest has awarded two of its top prizes to Ira Sachs’ relationship drama “Keep The Lights On.”

The fest announced Sunday that “Lights” had received its grand jury award for outstanding U.S. dramatic feature film along with the jury’s screenwriting award for the script by Sachs amd Mauricio Zacharias.

“This film resonated with us for its confidence, complexity, and emotional intelligence,” the jury said.

The film debuted in competition in January at Sundance and then went on to win the Teddy Award at the Berlinale a month later. Music Box picked up U.S. rights in March.

Outfest, in its 30th edition as the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, closes Sunday night with Brian Dannelly’s “Struck by Lightning,” starring Chris Colfer.

Other jury awards Fenessa Pineda for actress in a feature for coming of age drama “Mosquita y Mari” while Alan Cumming won the actor award for family drama “Any Day Now.”

The award for documentary feature went to Wu Tsang’s “Wildness” while the international dramatic feature prize went to Sally El Hosaini’s “My Brother the Devil.”

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