Touch Me Not

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    Touch Me Not

    Directed by

    Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France


    125 min

    • English
    • German

    ‘Tell me how you loved me, so I understand how to love.’
    Together, a filmmaker and her characters venture into a personal research project about intimacy. On the fluid border between reality and fiction, TOUCH ME NOT follows the emotional journeys of Laura, Tómas and Christian, offering a deeply empathic insight into their lives. Craving for intimacy yet also deeply afraid of it, they work to overcome old patterns, defense mechanisms and taboos, to cut the cord and finally be free. TOUCH ME NOT looks at how we can find intimacy in the most unexpected ways, at how to love another without losing ourselves.


    • Golden Bear for Best Film, GWFF Best First Feature Award - Berlin IFF
    • Special Mention from the Romanian Days Jury - Transilvania IFF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Laura Benson
    Tómas Lemarquis
    Christian Bayerlein
    Grit Uhlemann
    Hanna Hofmann
    Seani Love
    Irmena Chichikova
    Rainer Steffen
    Georgi Naldzhiev
    Dirk Lange
    Adina Pintilie
    George Chiper-Lillemark
    Adina Pintilie
    Ivo Paunov


    Bodies as wonderland.. intense, hard to shake...

    A.O.Scott, The New York Times

    A relentlessly immersive tour de force... eye-opening... striking for its intelligence and originality.

    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    A mesmerizing look at intimacy... unconventional.. about the healing power of bodily contact.

    Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

    Those who will have the strength to experience it fully, will be rewarded with a new perspective on the world.

    Cosima Lutz, Die Welt

    A film of a rare singularity. An overwhelming interrogation on the body and its desires. Cinema as a therapeutic experience.

    Bruno Deruisseau, Les Inrockuptibles

    Relearning what beauty is!


    A very brave film, challenging the limits of the viewers, their taboos and blockages.


    A movie that rewires the synapses of the viewer.

    Suddeutsche Zeitung

    Radically humane.. a bold, unclassifiable film.


    Adina Pintilie

    Adina Pintilie


    We hope to open up a dialogue with the viewer, a space for (self)-reflection and transformation. We hope the audience may be challenged to reevaluate their experience and ideas about intimacy. We hope to trigger the viewer’s curiosity about the Other, someone else who may be different, and increase our empathic ability to place ourselves inside that Other’s skin.

    Romanian filmmaker and visual artist Adina Pintilie graduated from the National Univerity of Theater and Film Bucharest. Her first feature TOUCH ME NOT won the Golden Bear and Best First Feature at the 2018 Berlinale, was nominated for the European Discovery Award at the European Film Academy Awards and was sold to 40 countries. It screened at Toronto, Karlovy Vary, BFI London, MoMA New York and other top festivals, received positive reviews in the New York Times, Hollywood Reporter, Sight&Sound, Télérama, Les Inrockuptibles, Indiewire, Die Welt, Die Zeit and many others. Her previous short, OXYGEN (2010), premiered at Rotterdam. Her medium-length DONT GET ME WRONG (2007) premiered at Locarno and went on to have an impressive festival career. On the fluid border between reality and fiction, born of innovative research processes with a profound social impact, her works are a singular phenomenon within the Romanian cultural landscape, standing out through cutting-edge aesthetics and an uncompromising exploration of human psyche.

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