That’s the question Cycles of Porn asks as it follows the lives of aging porn actors in Los Angeles. The documentary recently opened the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival, third in importance to Cannes and Venice in debuting new cinema in Europe. Cycles is a follow-up to its director Jochen Hick’s ’97 doc Sex/Life in L.A.
“Driven by a sense of adventure or by their narcissism, young men today are still keen to put their own stamp on porn cinema. But the days of a purely non-commercial fulfilment of one’s sexual desires has long gone, and the interests of consumers, models and producers no longer coincide,” Hick said. ” Gay life – like the entire industry – has become something of a profession and is now thoroughly commercialized. Young models begin their sexual careers in internet containers; they enter the business fully aware of their self-exploitation and yet, at the same time, they are somehow unconscious of how they are being exploited.”
According to reports, the film received an enthusiastic reception in Berlin.
Berlin Cheers Gay Porn Documentary [Reuters]