Films 2023


91 min.
Year of Production:
Franz Rogowski
Ben Whishaw
Adèle Exarchopoulous
Production Company:
SBS Productions
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

On the final day of his shoot in Paris, German filmmaker Tomas is visibly tense. He is all stern exactitude as he explains to his extras just precisely how to position their hands or what their motivation is as they walk down a flight of stairs – right up until the final slate. At the wrap party, Tomas falls first into the arms of his British husband Martin, but then he meets a young primary school teacher, Agathe. A dance develops into a flirtation and then into a passionate night together. The next morning, Tomas proudly tells Martin that he has slept with a woman. As this one-night stand grows into something more, the relationship between the two men begins to change. A tale of relationships that is marked by passion, jealousy and narcissism unfolds in which each shows scant sensitivity for the needs of the others.Ira Sachs’ latest work, his sixth outing in Panorama, once again proves his talent for carefully observed relationship dramas. There is a hint of French cinema and a tang of Fassbinder wafting around the three protagonists as their personal wounds constantly redefine the power relations between them.


Born in Memphis, USA in 1965, Sachs’ work has already screened in the Berlinale Panorama section in 2005 with FORTY SHADES OF BLUE, in 2010 with LAST ADDRESS and in 2012 with KEEP THE LIGHTS ON which won the Teddy Award. In 2013 he was a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

FILMOGRAFIE Ira Sachs (selection)

2023 Passages  2019 Frankie  2016 Little Men  2014 Love Is Strange  2012 Keep The Lights On  2009 Last Address  2007 Married Life  2005 Forty Shades of Blue  2002 Get it while you can  2002 Untitled  2000 10/26/00  1997 The Delta  1994 Lady  1992 Vaudeville 

Interview with Ira Sachs, director 'PASSAGES'

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