Intimate Touch is a 15-minute romantic drama-comedy that takes place at and around River Restaurant, on Eriksberg, in Göteborg. The story revolves around a business dinner between a Syrian refugee and a Swedish journalist. In addition to being a recent arrival, Adnan is a dedicated Islamic fundamentalist, while for her part, Ingrid is a well-known writer and political activist, with strong feminist values. The formal purpose of their meeting is to discuss evidence obtained by Adnan which may bolster Ingrid’s public argument that a culture of toxic masculinity, not jihadism, is to blame for a recent terrorist attack, and others like it. But their deeper motive — and the focus of the drama — is a once-in-a-lifetime romantic attraction, and desire for a future together, that has each of them bargaining with their own moral convictions.
Script and directing: Michael Stöen & Ariel McMillion
Producer: Malla Grapengiesser
Co-Producer: Johan Sellström
Length: Kortfilm. 19 minuter
Shooting Location: Göteborg/Sweden
With support from: FilmCloud, Imago Ballonger, Capio Närsjukhus, Pronto .