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I AM A SEX ADDICT
USA: IFC Films
Cast: Caveh Zahedi, Rebecca Lord, Emily Morse, Amanda Henderson, Olia Natasha, Corinna Chan, Stephanie Carwin, Greg Watkins
Director: Caveh Zahedi
USA: 99 mins
USA Release Date: 28 April 2006 (Los Angeles)
USA Release Date: 12 April 2006 (Limited Release - New York)
USA Release Date: 5 April 2006 (Limited Release - San Francisco
Winner of the Gotham Award for "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You," I AM A SEX ADDICT is the transgressive new comedy from autobiographical filmmaker Caveh Zahedi.
Caveh Zahedi's (IN THE BATHTUB OF THE WORLD, I DON'T HATE LAS VEGAS ANYMORE) Gotham Award Winning autobiographical comedy, I AM A SEX ADDICT, manages the difficult task of being both genuinely funny and utterly sincere. Zahedi uses re-enactments, documentary footage, and camera address to tell the real life story of his struggle with sex addiction.
The film opens with documentary footage of a 43 year-old Caveh (Caveh Zahedi) standing in a church alcove, just before he is about to get married for the third time. Caveh explains to the audience that his past two marriages failed because of his addiction to prostitutes, a problem that he now claims to have overcome. Caveh proceeds to narrate the story of how his addiction started, flashing back to a re-enactment of himself in his mid-twenties, walking down a street in Paris, encountering a prostitute for the first time. But then Caveh breaks the frame, telling the audience, "Actually, I wasn't able to raise enough money to go to Paris, so I'm just going to shoot it here in San Francisco, which is where I live now."
What follows is the story of Caveh's sex addiction—how it started, how it spiraled out of control and destroyed all his love relationships, and how he was finally able to stop.