‘Touch me not’, the film of the Romanian director Adina Pintilie on sexuality and physical intimacy, but on Saturday the Golden Bear win at the Berlin film Festival. Pintilie was certainly not the only one in the room who completely surprised. ‘This I really didn’t expect, but it is so important. I need the viewer to this movie in dialogue, ” she said on stage.
A man with a severe disability who is proud of his cock. A middle-aged woman who can’t at touch. A sm-club where lust with lustre is confused. ‘Touch me not’ is a film that the boundaries of bodies and sex, but also of the sensibilities of the viewer. It was certainly not the most popular film at the festival and there was hardly any buzz around. But the jury, under the direction of Tom Tykwer (‘Lola rennt’) chose this film for his Golden Bear to reach out. The Romanian director Adina Pintilie was certainly not the only one in the room who completely surprised. She called out to her entire cast and crew on the stage, fitting for a film that advocates for an inclusive society, where every body counts. ‘This I really didn’t expect, but it is so important. I need the viewer to this movie in dialogue.’
Previously won the same movie is already a prize for the best debut. Tykwers jury there was tuk, that much is clear.
Still a brave winner is ‘Twarz’ (in its English title: ‘Mosquito’) that the Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska a frontal assault launches on the religious revival in her country. The film is about a young man who after a major accident on a construction site, a the face transplant undergoes. But in the meantime cross the movie the dragon with the backward peasant family. The film works as a comedy is excellent, but the laugh seems sometimes very hard to laugh at.
The price might be dust, raised in Poland, where the film in april is released. The chance exists that the conservative government is much less the will to be able to laugh.
Wes Anderson won the prize for best director with the film ‘Isle of dogs’, about dogs who are banished to an island. Actor Bill Murray, the voice has the voice of one of the dogs, came the price in Anderson’s place to retrieve. “I had never imagined that I would go to work as a dog and come back home with a beer, joked Murray on the stage. “Ich bin ein berliner Hund.’
For us, belonged ‘In den gängen ” to the best of what the Berlinale had to offer, but the jury let the film left. There were two prices for the beautiful Paraguayan film ‘Las herederas’, with a prize for actress Ane Brun and the Afred Bauerprijs, an award for ” opening new perspectives’.
That last seems to be the main criterion for the jury, which, incidentally, are two of the most important awards gave them movies of female directors.
Prize of the jury
Exceptional artistic achievement