Touch Me Not

93 films in 19 categories
Adina Pintilie
Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France
125 Min.

Photo Film


Made in Romania

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Touch Me Not


• 16 March, 22:00, Cinema Elvire Popesco

The film will be screened in the presence of: Adina Pintilie, Laura Benson, Christian Bayerlein & Grit Uhlemann, Hanna Hofmann

• 16 March, 14:00, Cinemateca Eforie

The film will be screened in the presence of: Adina Pintilie, Laura Benson, Christian Bayerlein & Grit Uhlemann, Hanna Hofmann

Adina Pintilie
Filmmaker Adina Pintilie works on the boundary between fiction, reality and visual art. In the new Romanian cinema landscape, her body of work stands out for its highly individual visual style, its courage of cinematic experimentation and its uncompromising interest in the human psyche. Her first feature "Touch Me Not" won the Golden Bear and the GFWW First Feature Award at Berlinale 2018, followed by an impressive festival circuit and being acquired for cinema distribution in more than 35 countries.
Laura Benson
LAURA BENSON is one of the key protagonists of TOUCH ME NOT, the Golden Bear winner at the Berlinale 2018. She is an English/French actress and acting teacher at the prestigious Parisian studio Atelier International de Théâtre Blanche Salant. She trained at Nanterre Amandiers theatre school directed by Patrice Chéreau and Pierre Romans. Her film credits include The Lover by Jacques Doillon, Dangerous Liaisons by Stephen Frears, Alain Resnais’ I Want to Go Home, Robert Altman’s Ready-to-Wear.
Christian Bayerlein & Grit Uhlemann
Christian Bayerlein & Grit Uhlemann are two of the main protagonists of TOUCH ME NOT, the Golden Bear winner at the Berlinale 2018. Free spirits, free hearts, Ambassadors of Awesomeness, they started their inspiring relationship back in 2014. They are energetic human rights activists, passionate travellers around the world and curious explorers of intimacy. They are outspoken advocates for the rights of disabled people, for better accessibility and inclusion in the community. They have a particular interest in sexuality and disability. Christian runs a blog on the topic, called ''. They also give talks on the topic and participate in several cultural projects focussing on positive views on (differently-abled) bodies and empowerment. Open for experiments, they foster mutual empowerment and bring the different abilities into the relationship for the benefit of both. This may sound very obvious and normal and for most couples it is. But when disability comes into play, there are preconceptions which they want to overcome by being an inspirational model - or, put simply, by living their lives and talking about it.
Hanna Hofmann
HANNA HOFMANN is one of the main protagonists of TOUCH ME NOT, the Golden Bear winner at the Berlinale 2018. Hanna came out as a transgender person at 50, after living her entire life in a skin and an identity she had never felt at home in. She had always wanted to be a woman, despite being endowed with a vigurous male body. Reaching her 50's, she finally decided to take on the risk of becoming what she had always wanted to be: she left her 20-year marriage and family and started a new life as a woman. It is also then when she became a sex worker. Hanna is also a passionate activist for the rights of sex workers and sexual minorities, being an executive member of BEDS (Berufsverband Erotische Und Sexuelle Dienstleistungen – a German professional association of sex workers) and providing psychological counselling to her fellow transgender sex workers in Leipzig.


I was lucky enough to see “Touch Me Not” at its first public screening during the Berlinale, having no clue about what I was about to watch. What I lived that evening is very hard to put into words. I had undoubtedly seen a film, but the feeling I had was that much more had happened: I had lived an experience - fully, totally - alongside all the people on the screen in front of me. What was it exactly? I didn’t know, I needed to come back from this incredible trip that Adina Pintilie - as she herself is one of the characters - and all the other actors and crew-members had shared with us.
It is a film about freedom, about humanity, about perception, about prejudice, about (lack of) control, about fear, about vulnerability, about trust, about love, about empathy, about taboos and indeed about intimacy. If you simply accept their challenge and agree to “let it go”, you will open yourself up to the chance of overcoming certain (imaginary, social, political, psychological - moral) boundaries, and, as is always the case when cinema happens, of discovering many things about… yourself. (Vanina Vignal)

* Not allowed under 18

awards and festivals

Berlin International Film Festival 2018 - Golden Bear, Best First Feature

Toronto International Film Festival 2018

São Paulo International Film Festival 2018

BFI London Film Festival 2018

European Film Awards 2018 – nominalizat la Prix Fipresci (European Discovery)

Transilvania International Film Festival 2018 - Romanian Days Award Special Jury Mention for Feature Film

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2018

Göteborg Film Festival 2019


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