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Jonathan Agassi – Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life #TIFF18

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Life before, during and after porn.

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27 min. and 55 sec.

PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Jonathan Agassi, protagonist of the film Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life.

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Jonathan Agassi is the most famous porn star to have ever come out of Israel, and also the protagonist of Tomer Heymann’s documentary, Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life, screened at the 2019 Transilvania International Film Festival. This film chronicles the very highs and very lows of Agassi’s career in porn and the sex industry at large. Shot over a period of almost a decade, Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life is one of the most candid and painfully honest documentaries you will ever see on this topic. In this interview with Agassi, we ask him about his experiences from this time, during which he rose to the top of the porn industry, in a conversation that outlines his personal experiences then as well as his life now, which is very different. He also opens up about drugs and the impact they had on his life, as well as how his relation to sex has changed since leaving the sex industry. Agassi also reveals aspects of the making of this documentary, his closeness to Heymann and the way he had originally envisioned the movie, which in the end turned out to be quite different from what he had expected.

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life: Jonathan Agassi, one of the world’s most successful gay porn stars, splits his time between Berlin and Israel. Agassi built his fame and success on what is considered a global taboo, but in fact pleases millions. A rare and intimate look at the world of porn and escorting, as well as on a unique relationship between a mother and son, who courageously redefine familiar concepts. Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life is about a lonely person who seeks love and meaning, but is condemned to a destructive lifestyle.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Jonathan Agassi
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life
  • Festival section
    No Limit
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