DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Touch Me Not

Touch Me Not

The Einstürzende Neubauten are playing “Mela-Mela-Melancholia”, questioning the state of the nation. Between the somnambulistic scenes played out in the border area between documentary and fiction, deep-seated intimacies that concern us all are addressed. The project – the winner of this year’s Golden Bear – is experimental: many of the protagonists are “real”, play themselves; others, like Laura Benson and her fellow actor Tómas Lemarquis, pick up on scripted sketches but let their roles come so close that they penetrate their own lives. They talk about and perform sex, about inhibitions and visions, fears and ways to overcome them. Their goal, the goal of this unusual film: (self) liberation.

The director enters the frame occasionally, sits on the couch with Christian Bayerlein, the “kissability” blogger, or with the transsexual Hanna Hofmann, letting us know that she is taking part, looking at things but resisting voyeurism as the camera floats above a group BDSM session or follows a touch therapy workshop, some of whose participants are physically severely disabled, at close range. She speaks, too, about her own boundaries of shame, far removed from the “Likes”-obsessed narcissistic Social Media egos. A transgressive critique of norms, aesthetically and politically correct (which is a good thing). And extremely bold into the bargain.

Barbara Wurm
Original Title: Touch Me Not
Country: Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France
Year: 2018
Language: English
Subtitle: German
Runtime: 123 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Adina Pintilie
Producer: Bianca Oana, Philippe Avril, Adina Pintilie
Cinematographer: George Chiper-Lillemark
Editor: Adina Pintilie
Music: Ivo Paunov
Sound: Veselin Zografov, Dominik Dolejší, Marek Poledna
Script: Adina Pintilie

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.