Touch Me Not
directed by Adina Pintilie, Romania/France/Germany/Bulgaria/Czech Republic 2018, 125'
Awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, Touch Me Not is an ode to the human body and its desires, and above all, a call to accept difference. Adina Pintilie in her film tests the therapeutic potential of touch, of exposure and emotion, and is accompanied by three heroes. Each of them faces the camera with what blocks them, limits them – frightens them. Observing the relationship between them, Pintilie poses questions about how we understand "intimacy," "beauty," "relationships" or "lust." In times when bodies—especially women’s or the disabled body—have become an ideological battlefield, nudity turns out to be a manifestation of freedom.