Touch Me Not

V' 18

Touch Me Not

Adina Pintilie
RO/D/CZ/BG/F, 2018
Features, 125min, OmdU

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Touch Me Not

Adina Pintilie
RO/D/CZ/BG/F, 2018
Features, 125min, OmdU

Tue
06
Nov
18:30
Metro, Historischer Saal
Cast: 
Laura Benson
Tómas Lemarquis
Christian Bayerlein
Grit Uhlemann
Adina Pintilie
Screenplay: 
Adina Pintilie
Camera: 
George Chiper-Lillemark
Editor: 
Adina Pintilie
Composer: 
Ivo Paunov
Decoration: 
Adrian Cristea
Costume: 
Maria Pitea

Production: 
Manekino Film
Rohfilm Productions
Pink
AgitProp
Les Films de l’Étranger
World Sales: 
Doc & Film International
Distribution in Austria: 
Polyfilm
Format: 
DCP
Color

“I was so sure I knew about everything, about intimacy, about trust, desire, safety,” says director Adina Pintillie, who appears on screen in her immersive hybrid documentary. Into her deeply searching investigation Pintillie brings Laura, Tómas and Christian. Although their quandaries are very personal, there’s ambiguity in how Pintillie crafts their journey – from Laura’s light-washed bedroom where she discusses her fear of being held and consults therapists and a trans sex worker, to the halls of a clinic where the reserved Tómas and sensual Christian meet, to the murky dungeons of a sadomasochistic club. Part fact part fiction, TOUCH ME NOT uncovers multiple layers and tensions between the protagonists’ sexual imaginary and their behavior. With a narrative arc common to fiction and the director’s own introspection, the film charts profound sensory and emotional unease. Meanwhile the crisp cinematography stresses the clinical: Hospitals and bedrooms merge, and so evoke sterility and bodily disconnect. Yet there are also moments of startling intimacy. Looks fueled by a sudden flash of empathy, of delight or shared passion, bring with it a promise of fulfillment, and of release. (Ela Bittencourt)

In the presence of Adina Pintilie, Laura Benson, Grit Uhleman, Irmena Chichikova und Christian Bayerlein.

Adina Pintilie DON’T GET ME WRONG (2007), BALASTIERA #186 (2009, K), OXIGEN (2010, K)