Kino Lorber has acquired all North American rights to Adina Pintilie’s documentary-fiction hybrid and Berlin Golden Bear winner Touch Me Not ahead of its North American premiere in Toronto next month.
The Romanian filmmaker’s feature directorial debut also won the best first feature prize at the Berlinale in February. Kino Lorber has set a January 2019 theatrical release followed by VOD and home entertainment.
Touch Me Not screens in the Discovery showcase in Toronto and blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction as a filmmaker (Pintilie) and other characters embark on a quest to banish taboos and discover true human intimacy.
“Touch Me Not pushes the envelope in every direction, erasing the line between fiction and documentary, and looking deeply into a place films rarely look so honestly: our most fundamental experiences of intimacy and sexuality in all its forms,” said Kino Lorber senior vice-president Wendy Lidell. “Audiences will find their lives changed by Touch Me Not.”
Producers are Manekino Film, Rohfilm Prods., Pink, AgitProp and Les Films de l’Étranger. Lidell negotiated the acquisition with Doc & Film CEO Daniela Eistner.
Pintilie’s medium-length film Don’t Get Me Wrong premiered in Locarno 2007. Among her shorts, Oxygen premiered in the Rotterdam Tiger Awards Short Film Competition in 2010.