Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life

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    Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life

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    Israel, Germany


    106 min


    Jonathan Agassi is a highly successful Israeli gay porn star. The director Tomer Heymann followed him for eight years, both in his temporary hometown of Berlin and back in Tel Aviv with his mother. Alongside his film acting, he performs in live porn shows and works as an escort.

    The filmmaker documents all his activities, and although Jonathan claims he has the best job in the world and says it has actually saved his life, it soon becomes apparent that he’s not particularly happy. He’s haunted by boyhood traumas, and his relationship with his largely absent father is problematic. With his mother, the bond is loving but complicated.

    Jonathan, who adopted the stage name Agassi as a firm identity to counter his sense of instability, seems nonchalant as he performs the countless sex acts with which he earns his living, yet increasingly he resorts to hard drugs to numb his feelings. Eventually, after a terrifying trip on drugs, he’s forced to see the harsh reality of his extreme lifestyle.


    • Best Documentary - Jerusalem IFF



    Tomer Heymann
    Addie Reiss
    Tomer Heymann
    Tal Rabiner
    Alex Khosid
    Alberto Shwartz
    Matan Daskal
    Anna Lann
    Tomer Heymann

    Tomer Heymann


    Tomer Heymann was born in Kfar Yedidia in Israel in 1970 and has directed many documentary films and series in the past ten years, most of them long-term follow-ups and personal documentations. His films won major awards at different prestigious film festivals including his first film IT KINDA SCARES ME. PAPER DOLLS won three awards at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival and the audience’s award at the Los Angeles Festival. The film and TV series "Bridge over the Wadi”, co-produced with the American ITVS, won the Israeli Documentary Film competition, participated in IDFA Festival's prestigious competition and won many awards around the world. Tomer's new 8-part series "The Way Home" was recently broadcasted by the Yes Doco Channel in Israel and won the best documentary series award at the 2009 Jerusalem International Film Festival. JONATHAN AGASSI SAVED MY LIFE (2018) is his most recent film selected for IDFA.

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