Halina Reijn starts shooting directorial debut Locus of Control


Halina Reijn has started shooting her first feature film LOCUS OF CONTROL. In this directorial debut, Carice van Houten (Game of ThronesBrimstoneValkyrieBlack Book) portrays a psychologist in a penal institution who starts an affair with serial rapist Idris, who appears to be ready to return to society. The role of Idris will be played by Marwan Kenzari (AladdinMurder on the Orient ExpressThe Mummy). Esther Gerritsen (Nena,Craving) wrote the screenplay based on an idea by Halina Reijn. Jasper Wolf (Brothers,Code Blue) is the director of photography and Job ter Burg (BrimstoneElleBlack Book) will be editing the film. The shooting of the film has started in Amsterdam and will take until the end of May.

Halina Reijn is a renowned actress and writer. She starred in countless plays (ObsessionLa Voix HumaineNoraMorning becomes Electra) and films (Zus & ZoValkyrieBlack Book). Halina is a member of Toneelgroep Amsterdam. In 2013 she published the bestseller Antiglamour, together with Carice van Houten. She also wrote a weekly column in the Flemish newspaper De Morgen for many years. LOCUS OF CONTROL will be her debut as a film director.

For Halina Reijn, her directorial debut is a long-cherished dream come true: ‘LOCUS OF CONTROL is a mesmerizing story about a forbidden, impossible and addictive love. A love that nevertheless does exist. The first days of shooting were incredible. Carice and Marwan have an extremely powerful chemistry. They both are incredibly talented actors that have been developing themselves on international grounds over the past few years, I am proud and thankful to have them starring in my first film.’

Esther Gerritsen wrote the screenplay based on an idea by Halina Reijn. Gerritsen is a renowned author, known for her novels De TroosterRoxy and Craving. In the light of The Book Week (Dutch national literature festival), she was asked to write The Book Week Gift: ‘Brother’ in 2016. Locus of Control is not her debut as a screenwriter; previously she has worked on screenplays for feature films Nena and Dorst.

Locus of Control is produced by Frans van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld and Laurette Schillings of Topkapi Films (Black BookThe Broken Circle BreakdownA Noble IntentionLayla M.) in co-production with BNNVARA. For Halina Reijn and Carice van Houten, the film is the first co-production of their production company Man Up. LOCUS OF CONTROL is supported by the Dutch Film Fund, The Netherlands Film Production Incentive, BNNVARA and CoBO. Distributor September Film will release the film in Dutch cinemas.