Directing Production Screenwriting completed

TOUCHED, Feature Film, 2023 (Drama)

133 min.
Theatrical Feature Film > DCP

Funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
MFG Filmförderung
BKM German Film Board
Creative Europe Media

Maria, a caregiver, undergoes a transformative journey when she encounters Alex, a paraplegic resident. They embark on a forbidden relationship, fueled by their sexual discovery and deep connection. As their bond deepens, Alex’s demands and humiliation push Maria to her limits. Touched explores the intricacies of love, dependencies, and the struggles that arise when these forces collide.

Director’s note

A daring film about the emotional bond between outsiders, defying norms on disability and sexuality. As Maria, a fat woman, embraces her sensuality, the film explores the desire for love, closeness and fulfillment. Celebrating diverse bodies and breaking taboos.

© photos: Katharina Poblotzki, Soquietfilms/2pilots


Claudia Rorarius

Leading actors
Isold Halldórudóttir, Stavros Zafeiris

Supporting actors
Angeliki Papoulia, Yousef Sweid, Dimitra Vlagopoulou, Camille Dombrowsky, Maj-Britt Klenke, Hannah Schutsch, Marie Tragousti

2 pilots Filmproduction, Harry Flöter, Jörg Siepmann

Claudia Rorarius

Commissioning editor
SWR Stefanie Gross, Dominik Brückner
WDR Andrea Hanke

Production design
Beatrice Schultz

Costume design
Gitti Fuchs

Laura Lauzemis, Andreas Wodraschke

Sound design
Frank Kruse

Tilo Ehmann

Sound recording
Steffen Graubaum

Sven Meyer

Hair / Make-up
Susanne Jiritano, Simone Schlimm

SFX Make-up
Paolo Celano

Sarah Lee, Katrin Vorderwühlbecke, Ulrike Müller

Moritz Bastian, Johannes Röckl

Music consulting
Martin Hossbach

With music by
Donna Regina, Federico Albanese & Tara Nome Doyle, Nils Frahm, Tocotronic


Script funding

BKM German Film Board

eQuinoxe Europe 17. Intl. Writers Lab

pre-selected for German Script Award


Production funding

Creative MEDIA Europe

Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

MFG Filmförderung

BKM German Film Board




Festival (selection), Awards


TOUCHED has it’s World Premiere at the 76th Locarno Film Festival, in the Int. Concorso Cineasti del presente, nominated for the Golden Leopard.

TOUCHED wins the Pardo Award for Best Performance for Isold Halldórudóttir and Stavros Zafeiris at the Locarno Film Festival, Concorso Cineasti del presente.

TOUCHED is in the competition of the 64th Thessaloniki Film Festival. Stavros Zafeiris wins the Acessibility Award for his performance in TOUCHED.

TOUCHED has it’s German Premiere at the Int. Filmfestival Mannheim Heidelberg IFFMH in the main competition ON THE RISE. TOUCHED was honored with a Special Mention by the International Jury.



Technical Data


German, English, Greek, Icelandic

135 Min
1.1,33 Color Dcp 4k 5.1