Over 100.000 visitors went to see Instinct, the debut film of Halina Reijn and openings film of the Netherlands film festival 2019, in the Dutch theatres. Director Halina Reijn and the main actor Carice van Houten received the award from the Netherlands Film Festival and the Netherlands Filmfund.
In INSTINCT Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones) plays the experienced psychologist Nicoline, who is starting a new job at a penal institution. In the institution she meets Idris, played by Marwan Kenzari (Wolf, Aladdin), a sex offender who has been responsible for a number of serious crimes. After five years of treatment he is about to go on his first unaccompanied probation. His team of practitioners is enthusiastic about his development and behaviour, but newcomer Nicoline does not trust him an inch. She tries to push his probation. Idris tries his hardest to convince Nicoline of his good intentions, but he slowly but surely transforms into the manipulative man she saw in him from the beginning. A powerplay emerges between the two and Nicole, in spite of her knowledge and experience, lets herself be trapped completely.
INSTINCT is the debut film of Halina Reijn and was written by Esther Gerritsen based on an idea by Halina Reijn inspired by true events. The film is produced by Topkapi Films in co-production with Man Up and BNNVARA. The film was realized with the support of The Netherlands Film Fund, the Netherlands Film Production Incentive and CoBO. Carice van Houten plays one of the main characters next to actor Marwan Kenzari. Supporting roles are played by Marie-Mae van Zuilen, Ariane Schluter, Betty Schuurman, Pieter Embrechts, Tamar van den Dop, Robert de Hoog, Juda Goslinga and Akwasi Owusu Ansah.
INSTINCT is the Dutch Oscars submission and has been screened and multiple international film festivals as Locarno, Toronto, London, Chicago.
The golden film, the platinum film and the diamond film awards are an initiative by the Netherlands film festival and the Netherlands filmfund. Films receive the awards when 100.000, 400.000 and 1.000.000 visitors go to see the movie in the Dutch theatres respectively.