Touch Me Not

Directed by Adina Pintilie

Year: 2019
Running Time: 125
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria
Language: English
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Touch Me Not

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Directed by Adina Pintilie


Filmmaker Adina Pintilie’s Golden Bear–winning first feature is a brave and raw look at bodies, intimacy, and empathy, exploring the private lives and sexual desires of four people with an approach that blurs the line between fiction and documentary.

Moving seamlessly between erotic clubs and closed-door reflections, Touch Me Not is a self-assured journey into the intimate lives of Laura, Tómas, Christian, and Grit. Opening windows into a world of those who dare to break with social conventions and access the hidden aspects of their sexuality, the film revels in a space where anyone — no matter the obstacle — has the possibility of touching their inner rebel.

In what feels like galaxies beyond the sexual revolution of the 1960s, Touch Me Not invites us to start as a tabula rasa and transcend all previously imagined limits. To call the film body positive and brave would be an understatement: it is a tour de force, a supernova of identity. Within protective spaces that are entirely free of judgment, Adina Pintilie and her protagonists explore new perspectives on human relationships, and we, as viewers, are challenged to question our own self-knowledge and continue our journey of self-discovery beyond the cinema in our everyday lives.

A shattering exploration of the fine line between fiction and reality, Pintilie’s feature debut is a studied, elaborate, and unsettlingly daring dialogue with the inner self. Winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear and Best First Feature, Touch Me Not is, for those brave enough to engage with desire, an exhilarating plunge into the endless possibilities of the human body and mind. – Dimitri Eipides, Toronto International Film Festival

Reviews

“A relentlessly immersive tour de force. An eye-opening look at human sexuality. Striking for its intelligence, self-assurance and originality. Thought-provoking and possibly therapeutic.”

“Intelligent. Taboo-busting. A body-positive film."

"Brave. Restlessly inquisitive. A compelling case for embracing sexual diversity."



Awards

  • Golden Bear, Berlinale

  • Best First Feature, Berlinale

  • Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Seattle International Film Festival Seattle 1557979200May 16 - June 9, 2019
Harvard Film Archive Cambridge 1557460800May 10 - May 18, 2019
Austin Film Society Austin 1554264000April 3 - April 7, 2019
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1553918400March 30, 2019
Cleveland International Film Festival Cleveland 1553659200March 27 - April 7, 2019
Laemmle Glendale Glendale 1551416400March 1 - March 7, 2019
Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth 1548392400January 25 - January 31, 2019
Museum of Modern Art New York 1547182800January 11 - January 17, 2019
Cine-World Film Festival Sarasota 1541912400November 11, 2018
Toronto International Film Festival Toronto 1536206400September 6 - September 16, 2018


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