After an impressive journey around the world, the International Debate Tour TOUCH ME NOT – POLITICS OF THE BODY finally arrives in Bruxelles, heart of the European Union, in EUROPALIA ROMANIA’s closing weekend hosted by BOZAR AGORA, on February 1st from 17h30, with the kind support of the Romanian Cultural Institute and of the Permanent Representation of Romania to the European Union.
A cultural-educational, human rights project initiated at the invitations of prestigious festivals, cultural institutions and universities from Europe and US, the Debate Tour TOUCH ME NOT – POLITICS OF THE BODY has been created by the team of controversial TOUCH ME NOT, Berlinale’s Golden Bear winner and nominated for the European Discovery Award at the EFA European Film Academy Awards, Romanian – German – French – Czech coproduction with the support of EURIMAGES and MEDIA Creative Europe.
Conceived as a series of interactive debates accompanied by screenings of the film, the tour offers audiences around the world the unique opportunity of an open dialogue with the film’s inspiring protagonists, passionate artists and <advocates> for human rights coming from all across Europe. An invitation to self-reflection, a space for conversation about urgent topics such as the way we relate to each other and our capacity for empathy, about the body as battleground for ideologies, about diversity and inclusion, intimacy and disability, gender equality and personal boundaries, about freedom and the courage to be who we really are. #AllEmotionsWelcome
LOS ANGELES TIMES” A mesmerizing look at intimacy… healing…”LES INROCKUPTIBLES“Cinema as a therapeutic experience.
A film of a rare singularity. Overwhelming.”
DIE WELT“Those who will have the strength to experience it fully, will be rewarded with a new perspective on the world.”
INDIEWIRE“Radically humane… an unclassifiable film”
“In today’s world, where we are facing so much prejudice and we are increasingly afraid of the Other, where aggressive discourses and other forms of discrimination are recently gaining a worrying influence everywhere, TOUCH ME NOT proposes us to befriend this Other, who can often be so different than ourselves. It invites us to open up our perspectives and to empathy, showing there are other ways of relating to each other, of experiencing intimacy, other kinds of beauty, body, other views on the world different than the so-called <normative> ones, and yet as human, as natural and valuable. ” says filmmaker Adina Pintilie.
17h30 – 17h40: Introduction by guest-speakers
17h40 – 19h45: Screening TOUCH ME NOT
19h45 – 20h15: Coffee break
20h15 – 22h15: Debate TOUCH ME NOT – POLITICS OF THE BODY
The debate will be moderated by MARLEEN WYNANTS, director of VUB Crosstalks and will be preceded by the screening of the film TOUCH ME NOT. Language of the debate: English.
TOUCH ME NOT – POLITICS OF THE BODY eventshave been hosted along the past two years by prestigious international events and cultural institutions such as MOMA Museum of Modern Art New York, ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts London, British Film Institute, VIENNALE Film Festival, IDFA AmsterdamFilm Festival,Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Forum des Images Paris, Bucharest National Theater and others.