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Directed by Tomer Heymann
106 min | 2018 | Israel/Germany
Presented in English and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Due to content, this film is restricted to patrons 18 and older.
Delicately balancing tenderness and grit, this documentary is an earnest and challenging portrait of a porn star’s rise to fame and subsequent struggle to live authentically. The film takes on sex work without judgment and illuminates porn as an art form, validating the body of Jonathan’s work and the impact it has had on queers, queer youth, and queer culture. All the while fully and thoughtfully recognizing the trying emotional landscape of the industry all explored through Jonathan’s particular, intoxicating, and endearing personality. Tackling family, fame, addiction, sex, androgyny, oppression, and expression it has an impressive breadth, but its richest moments come from its enormous humanity. Jonathan struggles on-screen to navigate the complicated relationship between his estranged parents, make ends meet in an industry pushing him to de-complicate himself, find his way out of days long drug binges, and find love in intimacy where he also finds most of his paychecks. As much as the film is about its hero and his line of work, it paints poignant portraits of Tel Aviv and Berlin as contrasting metropolises. Using Jonathan’s personal experience to vault to a political discourse, the film evokes a dialogue about LGBTQIA+ rights in Europe and the Middle East. A story of redemption at its root, Jonathan is tasked to save those he loves, those who admire him, and ultimately himself.
– Ashley Hoyle
Winner: Best Israeli Documentary–2018 Jerusalem Film Festival