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Touch Me Not

P. Avril (Producer), B. Oana (Assistant Director, Line Producer, Producer), I. Chichikova, S. Love, H. Hofmann, L. Benson (Actors), A. Pintilie (Director, Screenwriter, Editor, Producer), T. Lemarquis, C. Bayerlein, G. Uhlemann (Actors)

Moderation: Nikolaj Nikitin

Press Conference at full length

‘Tell me how you loved me, so I understand how to love.’
Together, a filmmaker and her characters venture into a personal research project 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.

Adina Pintilie

Romania / Germany / Czech Republic / Bulgaria / France 2018

English, German

125 min · Colour

World premiere


Laura Benson
Tómas Lemarquis
Christian Bayerlein
Grit Uhlemann
Hanna Hofmann
Seani Love
Irmena Chichikova
Rainer Steffen
Georgi Naldzhiev
Dirk Lange


Written and directed by
Adina Pintilie
Director of Photography
George Chiper-Lillemark
Adina Pintilie
Ivo Paunov
Sound Design
Dominik Dolejší
Veselin Zografov
Production Design
Adrian Cristea
Maria Pitea
Ioana Covali
Assistant Directors
Bianca Oana, Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan, Anca Butoi
Florentina Bratfanov, Tanja Schuh, Maya Serrulla, Magdelena Ilieva, Ivan Kotsev
Production Managers
Cătălin Neagoe, Nicole Zscherny
Line Producer
Bianca Oana
Bianca Oana, Philippe Avril, Adina Pintilie
Benny Drechsel, Radovan Síbrt, Alžběta Karásková, Martichka Bozhilova
Rohfilm Productions, Leipzig
PINK, Prag
Agitprop, Sofia
Les Films de L'Étranger, Straßburg


Adina Pintilie

This Romanian artist and director graduated from the Caragiale University of Theatrical Arts and Cinematography in Bucharest in 2008. Her films have won several awards including the Zonta Prize at the 2013 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen for Diary #2. Poised on the border between fiction, documentary and fine art, her work is characterised by a highly individual visual style, the courage to experiment with visual language and an uncompromising exploration of the human psyche. Since 2010 she has been the curator of the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (BIEFF).


2007 Don't Get Me Wrong; medium length documentary 2008 Sandpit #186; short film 2010 Oxygen; medium length fiction film 2013 Diary #2; short film 2018 Touch Me Not

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Manekino Film
Bukarest, Romania
+40 733 947910

World sales

Doc & Film International
Paris, France
+33 1 42775687


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Closing Night: Winner of the Golden Bear

Touch Me Not

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