Continuing our showcase of female directors, Adina Pintilie is a Romanian-born writer/director, whose work in short form documentaries includes Oxigen, Sandpit #186, and Don't Get Me Wrong. Her latest film is the cutting edge and controversial Touch Me Not, screening at Stronger Than Fiction this year.
This is Adina’s first full-length feature and it won her the Golden Bear at Berlin in February this year, one of the biggest prizes in the film world. It was up against all the new fiction feature releases and won! Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, for example, got second prize and was awarded the Silver Bear.
Touch Me Not is a bold look at intimacy and how we perceive beauty blurs the line between fiction and reality Laura, a middle-aged English woman, struggles with sexual intimacy. In her quest for answers, she hires a handsome gigolo, a Tantric Sex specialist and also turns to Hannah, a transsexual sex worker. At a group therapy session, she meets Christian, a remarkable man whose significant physical limitations are no barrier to a highly sexual life.
Touch Me Not
DIRECTOR: Adina Pintilie
COUNTRY: Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France
LANGUAGE: English, German with English subtitles
RUN TIME: 125 mins
‘An eye-opening look at human sexuality’
- THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER