VENICE — Winner of the Cinelink Post Republic Award at the Sarajevo Festival’s Works in Progress screenings last month and one of the buzzed-up productions at this year’s Venice Gap-Financing Market, Adina Pintilie’s “Touch Me Not” is tracking for delivery by May 2017.
Two of Europe’s most cosmopolitan co-producers, France’s Les Films De L’Etranger, whose credits include “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” and Germany’s Rohfilm, have backed “Touch Me Not,” from its beginnings.
Starring Tomas Lemarquis (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) and U.K. actress Laura Benson (“Crime Is Our Business”), and lead-produced by Romania’s Manekino Film, “Touch Me Not” marks the feature debut of multi-prized Romanian filmmaker and visual artist Pintilie. It is also co-produced by Romania’s 4 Proof Film and Bulgaria’s Agitprop. Beyond its five producers, “Touch Me Not” has also been tapped coin from Eurimages, the pan-European coproduction fund. It has also been put through development at Italy’s Torino Lab, Cannes Cinefondation Atelier and the Binger Lab – impressive backing for a first feature.
Also written and researched by Pintilie, and a mixture of reality and fiction, “Touch Me Not” recounts the search for but fear of intimacy of a voyeur woman (Benson) and two men – one an actor-masseur, the other caught in a relationship with a much older man.
“Intimacy is full of dangers. The films is an attempt to discover layers of intimacy The flip side of love can be hate, aggression, misunderstanding. They are all part of the same complex reality,” Pintlie said at the Venice Film Market.
Le Films De L’etranger’s Philippe Avril have been updating specific sales agents with progress on the film from the Berlin Festival, and will attempt to close with one the the film has a rough cut, he said.
Rohfilm’s past productions take in Rodrigo Moreno’s “A Mysterious World” and “I Promise You Anarchy” from Mexico-based Guatemalan Julio Hernandez Cordon.