Nu mă atinge-măon

  • Touch Me Not (German title)
Feature Film | 2015-2017 | Drama | Bulgaria, France, Germany, Romania


  • [de] Offizieller deutscher Trailer

Brief synopsis

Laura works for years in the same mannequin factory. She peeps at other people’s intimate life, while hers doesn’t seem to function. She pays to be touched, hiring young boys to create an illusion of intimacy. Tudor is an actor who earns his living as a masseur. He wants a woman who rejects his attempts at making contact. He stalks her, finding a compensatory way to touch her through objects, places she’s touched. Paul is an actor too, caught in a dysfunctional relationship.
In the background, a “miracle” story develops, first as a TV news piece, that gradually enters the characters’ lives: in the outskirts, a simple uneducated man discovers he has a “gift”- when he touches people, he cures them, removing any illness. The Suburban Saint phenomenon grows, between irony and worship. As when he touches he gives a lot, the Saint starts losing more and more weight, until he falls ill. Street fights begin in the long lines of people waiting to be cured in front of his building, all desperate to get to him before he dies.
Laura witnesses an interactive show performed by Paul and Tudor. Fascinated by them, she keeps coming back at the performance. She gradually becomes a silent witness of their lives, their solitary longing deeply resonating with her own. In this mirroring process, the walls Laura so skilfully built around her slowly collapse under the flow of her repressed feelings.
Finally, Laura finds herself in the long line of people in front of the Suburban Saint’s flat. When she finally enters, she finds an exhausted and sick man. As he is about to touch her, blood pours from his nose and he collapses. Laura helps him up, cleans his face. Unable to move or speak, he surrenders to her caring hands. In the end he falls asleep. Laura stays there watching over him. (


ActorRole nameVoice actor / Speaker
Laura BensonLaura [L]
Tómas LemarquisTudor [L]
Hermann MuellerPaul [L]
Stefan [SR]
Georgi NaldzhievMale Escort [SR]
Annett SawallischNurse [SR]
Rainer SteffenStefan [SR]


director of photographyGeorge Chiper
1st assistant cameraBoroka Biro
1st assistant cameraAnnegret Sachse/ 8DT Deutschland / A Cam / Amira
casting directorTanja Schuh
costume designerMaria Pitea
costume supervisorFlorina IsaiGermany part
directorAdina Pintilie
2nd assistant directorJette Blümlerinkl. Casting documentary cast
gafferBenjamin HirlingerGerman Part
electricianThomas DuttkeGermany
producerMonica Lazurean-Gorgan
production designerAdrian Cristea
location scoutHermann LämmelMotivsuche Halle/Saale
unit production managerNicole Zscherny
set manager / 3rd ADStephan BuschHalle/S., Leipzig
production driverWilly Necke
screenwriterAdina Pintilie

Distributing companies

Alamode Filmdistribution oHG [de]Verleih Deutschland
Nour Films [fr]Distribution France


Cameras and UtilitiesLudwig Kameraverleih GmbHAmira / Zeiss UP`s
Extras/Bit PlayerAgentur Halleipzig-KomparsenVermittlung Komparsen für Halle
Finance/Law/Insuranceadag Payroll Services GmbHKomparsenabrechnung
Production ServicesMaGaMo GmbHSet-Equipment / Set-Mobil


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Adina Pintilie2018Int. Filmfestspiele BerlinGoldener BärWinner
Adina Pintilie2018Int. Filmfestspiele Berlin [de]GWFF - Bester ErstlingsfilmWinner
Adina Pintilie2018Int. Filmfestspiele Berlin [de]Teddy AwardNominated
Adina Pintilie2018Jerusalem Film Festival [il]Int. CompetitionNominated
Adina Pintilie2018European Film Awards [eu]European Discovery - Prix FipresciNominated
Adina Pintilie2018Sarajevo Film Festival [ba]Reihe FocusNominated
Adina Pintilie2018Tiff Toronto Int. Film Festival [ca]DiscoveryNominated
Adina Pintilie2018Festival du nouveau cinéma [ca]Temps ØNominated
Adina Pintilie2018Cambridge Film Festival [uk]International Festival HighlightsNominated
Adina Pintilie2018Mumbai Film Festival [in]International CompetitionNominated


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 01.11.2018
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 31.10.2018