The psychological thriller ‘Instinct’ will have its world premiere in the Piazza Grande at the Locarno Film Festival next month. The project has recently been acquired by Berlin-based company Films Boutique, Variety has exclusively reported.
The film stars actress recently nominated for an Emmy for her performance in ‘Game of Thrones’ , Carice van Houten, and Marwan Kenzari, recently seen in director Guy Ritchie’s ‘Aladdin’.
‘Instinct’ is directed by directorial debut actress Halina Reijn and the story is written by Esther Gerritsen and Halina Reijn herself. The film centers on a seasoned psychologist who, despite her experience and expertise,She feels attracted to the sexual aggressor she is treating in a penal institution .

What is the movie about?
The film tells the story of Nicoline (Carice Van Houten), who starts a new job as a psychologist in a penal institution, where she meets Idris (Marwan Kenzari), a sex offender who has committed a series of crimes. serious. After five years of treatment, she is about to start her first solo trial. Her intern team is excited about her development, but Nicoline doesn’t trust her and tries to extend her parole.
Idris does his best to convince Nicoline of his good intentions, but slowly transforms into the manipulator he saw in him from the start. A power play ensues between the two and Nicoline, despite his knowledge and experience, allows herself to be caught .
Carice van Houten, the protagonist of ‘Instinct’ |
According to Louis Balsan, COO of Films Boutique, “Halina Reijn delivers a dense psychological thriller that rejects Manichaeism by exploring the gray areas of sexual self-determination. She obviously resonates with the current discourse, and while she clearly denounces any kind of violence, the film explores the fine lines between longing and fantasies versus the rationality we impose on ourselves. The familiar faces of Carice van Houten and Marwan Kenzari will captivate the audience with their incredible performance.”

The team that made the film possible
As we said before, the film will be directed by Halina Reijn. The actress has acted in numerous plays , television series and films, including the Oscar-nominated ‘Zus & Zo’, ‘Black Book’ and ‘Valkyrie’ since 2012. Reijn wrote the novel Prinsesje Nooitgenoeg and co-wrote with van Houten the Antiglamor autobiographical book.

Esther Gerritsen is in charge of the script, along with Reijn, and is known for her novels De Trooster, Roxy and Dorst, as well as co-writing the screenplays for the feature films ‘Nena’ and ‘Dorst’.

What is Films Boutique
Films Boutique describes itself as an independent international sales company based in Berlin specializing in the distribution of innovative films from filmmakers around the world.

They only add 10 to 15 new titles a year , as they try to get back to basics: treating movies like works of art and concentrating on a limited number of high-profile titles.

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