INSTINCT Opens Netherlands Film Festival 2019

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The 39th edition of the Netherlands Film Festival opens on Friday the 27th of September with Instinct, Halina Reijn’s directorial debut starring Carice van Houten and Marwan Kenzari. The psychological thriller about an experienced psychologist, who in spite of her expertise and experience is completely infatuated by a sex offender, premieres in the presence of leading actors Carice van Houten and Marwan Kenzari. Both actors enjoy international fame and will walk the red carpet for the festive premiere in Stadsschouwburg Utrecht. Topkapi Films produced Instinct and Man Up – Reijn’s and van Houten’s company – initiated and coproduced the film. The Netherlands Film Festival (NFF) runs from the 27th of September to the 5th of October of 2019.

Man Up’s coproducers Halina Reijn and Carice van Houten: “We are honored and proud that the NFF has chosen an intimate and confronting film such as Instinct for its opening.”

General manager of the NFF Silvia van der Heiden about the opening film: “I am exceptionally proud that we can open with Halina Reijn’s directorial debut.”

Instinct is a Topkapi Films production, in coproduction with Man Up and BNNVARA. The film came about with support of the Netherlands Film Fund, the Netherlands Production Incentive and CoBO. The film will be released in theatres on October 3rd by distributor September Film.

The official public premiere of Instinct will also be on Friday the 27th of September. Tickets are available at During the festival Instinct is also part of NFF’s regular festival program.

For more information please contact:

Netherlands Film Festival
Diane Borst
T: 030 – 2303800

September Film
Melissa van Middelaar

T: 020 – 5357552