12.02.2019 - Jana Gebhard, Bianca Oana, Adina Pintilie, Maia Santos, Verena von Stackelberg, moderated by Skadi Loist
“Why haven’t you ever asked me ‘what is this film about?” The opening words of Touch Me Not plead for dialogue – this session takes up that offer. At last year’s Berlinale, director and Talents alumna Adina Pintilie and her team won both the Golden Bear and the First Feature Film Award and sold their film worldwide. Despite this success, the film’s topic proved unsettling to some audiences and critics. Yet the choice of a unique distribution strategy – featuring “Open Debates” at festivals and events in cinemas – fosters these discourses and fulfils Adina’s vision of film as unending process, involving crew, cast and audiences. Adina and her producer return to the Berlinale alongside co-curators Maia, Jana and Verena from the Berlin-based WOLF cinema to share ideas and experiences on more inclusive strategies of arthouse promotion.
Dr. Skadi Loist is Visiting Professor for Production Cultures in Audiovisual Media Industries at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam. Her main research areas are global film circulation, film festivals, gender equality and diversity in screen industries, and queer cinema.