This has been a good year for filmmaker Ira Sachs. His new feature, "Keep the Lights On," received a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and won the prestigious Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. And while the intensely personal, autobiographical film centers on a tumultuous love affair between two men, Sachs believes audiences will relate to the human experience of relationships shared by all couples.
In Julie Delpy's edgy comic film, "2 Days in Paris," a French expatriate and her American Jewish lover travel to Paris in an attempt to revive their stagnant relationship. Instead, they find that the cultural differences only exacerbate their problems.
With "Goya's Ghosts," Milos Forman has made a film that occasionally shades over into the melodramatic but gives us a multilayered story, a beautifully photographed art tour, a history lesson and impressive performances by Natalie Portman and Spanish actor Javier Bardem.
As the credits rolled after a preview screening of the docudrama, "A Mighty Heart," the audience, consisting of a small group of film critics, sat in stunned silence.