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


    A relentlessly immersive tour de force (...) An eye-opening look at human sexuality on the uncertain edge of fiction and non-fiction.

    Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    A demanding, thought-provoking, relevant exploration of intimacy and the idea of self.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    Formally idiosyncratic and substantively courageous cinema that touches one in the best sense.

    Spiegel Online

    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 artist and directorm Adina Pintilie graduated from the Caragiale University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest in 2008. Her films have won several awards including the Zonta Prize at the 2013 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen for DIARY #2. Poised on the border between fiction, documentary and fine art, her work is characterised by a highly individual visual style, the courage to experiment with visual language and an uncompromising exploration of the human psyche. Since 2010 she has been the curator of the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (BIEFF). Her most recent feature TOUCH ME NOT won the Golden Bear at the 2018 Berlinale.

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