Ira Sachs

IRA SACHS is a New York based filmmaker. His most recent film, Married Life, screened at the 2007 Toronto and New York Film Festivals and was released in the US by Sony Pictures Classics in March 2008. Sachs has particular love for 1940s and 1950s movies, particularly ones starring Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.  "What I like about those movies is that the dramas can be so extreme and outrageous and yet they deal with people's personal lives in ways that communicate powerfully with audiences," says Sachs.  "I wanted to do a film that would talk frankly and directly about the complexities and intricacies of marriage and intimate life-and I thought that in today's film context, a movie like this could be a fresh way to do so." With Married Life, he surprised all indie expectations making a star-studded ensemble film (starring Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper).

His previous film, Forty Shades of Blue, received the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. His first feature, The Delta, was screened at the Toronto, Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals.

Sachs was the recipient of the Emerging Talent Award at the 1997 Los Angeles Outfest and in 1999, was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship.  He was also a 2001 Fellow at the MacDowell Artist Colony and has made several shorts, including Vaudeville and Lady (Sundance 1995). Sachs was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and has been a resident of New York City since 1988.

Forty Shades of Blue
USA 2004, 107 mins

The classic triangle of old patriarch, young wife and young son plays out at the moneyed end of the Memphis music world.

The Delta
USA 1996, 83 mins

We begin the film uncertain who the film is about. On a sultry Memphis night, on the outskirts of town, cars are cruising cars.

Married Life
USA 2007, 90 mins

Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Rachel McAdams in a Hitchcockian tale of adultery and murder, 40s style.


Films we have screened by this Director