TOUCH ME NOT
by ADINA PINTILIE | Feature film | 2018 | Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France | 125 min | color
Tell me how you loved me, so I understand how to love.
Together, a filmmaker and her characters venture into a personal research 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.
Directed by: Adina Pintilie
Written by: Adina Pintilie
Music: Einstürzende Neubauten
Vocals: Diana Miron
Composer: Ivo Paunov
Cinematography: George Chiper-Lillemark
Sound recording: Veselin Zografov
Picture editing: Adina Pintilie
Sound editing: Adam Levy, Martin Blauber, Václav Flegj
Sound design: Dominik Dolejší
Sound mix: Marek Poldena
Production design: Adrian Cristea
Costume design: Maria Pitea
Make-up artist: Ioana Covali
Hair stylists: Alex Gherase, Milen Ivanov
Casting: Florentina Bratfanov, Tanja Schuh, Maya Serrulla, Magdalena Ilieva, Ivan Kotzev
Main cast: Laura Benson, Tómas Lemarquis, Christian Bayerlein, Grit Uhlemann, Adina Pintilie
Supporting cast: Hanna Hofmann, Seani Love, Irmena Chichikova, Rainer Steffen, Georgi Naldzhiev, Dirk Lange, Annett Sawallisch
Producers: Bianca Oana, Philippe Avril, Adina Pintilie
Co-producters: Benny Drechsel, Radovan Síbrt & Alžběta Karásková, Martichka Bozhilova
Line production: Bianca Oana
Production management: Cătălin Neagoe, Nicole Zscherny
Delegate producer: Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan
Associate producers: Karsten Frank, Neda Milanova, Anne Grange, Anamaria Antoci, Laura Georgescu-Baron, Anca Vlăsceanu, Ana Alexieva
Production: Manekino Film, RohFilm Productions, PINK, Agitprop, Les Films de l'Étranger
Supports: Romanian Film Center, Eurimages, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), TorinoFilmLab, State Cinematography Fund (Czech Republic), National Film Center (Bulgaria), Eurométropole de Strasbourg
Participations: HBO Romania, Romanian Television Society
Contributions: Sensiblu, Christian Tour, The Post Republic
World premiere: 68th Berlinale (official competition) -
Feb. 22, 2018
Golden Bear & GWFF Best First Feature Award
Visions du Réel - Switzerland
Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival - Ukraine
Transilvania International Film Festival - Romania
Sydney Film Festival - Australia
Biografilm Festival - Italy
New Horizons International Film Festival - Poland
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Czech Republic
World sales: Doc & Film International
Distributor France: Nour Films
ABOUT THE MOVIE
« When I was 20 I thought I knew everything about love, about how a healthy intimate relationship should be, how desire functions. Today, after 20 years of trials and tribulations, all the views that I had on intimacy back then lost their definition and grew more and more complex and unsettlingly contradictory. As a reflection of this personal journey, TOUCH ME NOT is an artistic research about the human longing and yet (in)ability to <<touch>> and <<be touched>>, to make contact.
Intimacy plays a central role in human experience, having its roots in the initial physical, emotional and psychological bond between the mother and the new-born. It is through this primary attachment that the infant has the first contact with the world and starts building its sense of self. This initial contact shapes the infant’s brain, profoundly influencing its self-esteem, its expectations of others, and later, how it bonds and approaches intimacy as an adult.
Beyond its crucial role in identity formation, healthy intimacy at an individual level has major implications at community level, allowing a psychosocial network of human beings connected through solid emotional attachments.
Dysfunctional intimacy within the family nucleus fosters fertile ground for further conflict, abuse, discrimination and prejudice at a larger, social and political scale.
TOUCH ME NOT aims to become a space for (self)reflection and transformation, where the viewer is challenged to deepen their knowledge of human nature and to re-evaluate their experience and ideas about intimate human relationships, with a particular focus on de-objectification and personalization of human exchange, on stimulating our curiosity about the different “Other” and our empathic ability to place ourselves into the Other’s <<skin>>. I personally believe that understanding the human nature and exercising our capacity to perceive the other as <<another me>>, as another possibility of our own self, can have an essential transformative power, both of our inner self and of the way we interact with the others. As Gustav Landauer notes: “Society is not something which can be changed by a revolution, but is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of human behaviour; we change it by changing our mode of relating, by behaving differently. »