Cleveland International Film Festival } March 29 – April 9, 2017 Presented by Dollar Bank

The Sarnos - A Life in Dirty Movies


Year: 2013
Country: SWEDEN
Run Time: 80 minutes

The Sarnos - A Life in Dirty Movies

Joe Sarno was the “Ingmar Bergman of pornographic films.” But that was 40 years ago. What’s life like for a pornographer at the age of 88? As Joe hunts and pecks his way through the keys on his typewriter, he realizes he might have one more left in him. THE SARNOS: A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES is a probing, intimate portrait of the legendary filmmaker and his wife, as Joe sets out to make one last film. But times have changed, and Joe has to adapt to the world of internet pornography and instant gratification. As Joe’s uncompromising artistic vision emerges, he is finally recognized as an innovative filmmaker, but also as an antiquated one. Through candid footage of the lively couple and a slew of tongue-in-cheek interviews including John Waters, Joe’s immense cinematic influence becomes strikingly clear. Equal parts social commentary, a penetrating study of a dedicated relationship, and steamy high-brow entertainment, this documentary portrays the couple’s world as nothing short of cinematic folklore. —C.P.

The Sarnos - A Life in Dirty Movies

CIFF38 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Documentary Features

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition

Wiktor Ericsson

Erik Magnusson, Martin Persson

Dino Harambasic, Martin Thorbjörnsson, Sophie Winqvist

Eric Bäfving, Dino Harambasic, Steen Johannessen

Director Bio
Wiktor Ericsson was born in Malmö, Sweden in 1973. He's known for his work as a writer for Swedish television and directed an acclaimed short film in 2013 "KK" which played at Fårö's Bergman Festival.

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