Athens International Film Festival
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INSTINCT

29/9/2020, 22:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
1/10/2020, 19:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

A psychotherapist, whose methods are questionable, is hired at a correctional facility, where she gradually allows herself to be seduced by a serial rapist. Or is the exact opposite the case? Destined to divide audiences and with Carice van Houten (Melisandre in “Game of Thrones”) giving an electric performance, the directorial debut by Halina Reijn develops as an erotic thriller which examines the shady aspects of sexual fantasies, the limits of political correctness and the basic - and beyond- human instincts. Recipient of two awards at the Locarno film festival and the Netherlands’ selection for the Oscars international feature film category.


NETHERLANDS | 2019 | COLOR | DCP | 98' | DUTCH

We should be thankful for bold cinema which, despite trends and public opinion, takes the plunge and pushes the envelope regarding human nature and dangerous relationships.

Dutch film ‘Instinct’ tells the story of an eccentric therapist hired at a correctional facility, who develops an unusual sexual/power relationship with a serial rapist. Childhood, sexual fantasies, dilemmas about the emancipation of women and a (basic) instinct crushing against everything we consider civilized human interaction, compose a different take on the erotic thriller. Themes of ‘Instinct’ will cause a stir. But then again that’s nothing compared to the fiery debates the cryptically exciting third part might instigate. Brace yourselves. I.D.

DIRECTOR: Halina Reijn
SCREENWRITERS: Esther Gerritsen, Halina Reijn
DoP: Jasper Wolf
MUSIC: Ella van der Woude
EDITOR: Job ter Burg
​PRINCIPAL CAST: Carice van Houten, Marwan Kenzari, Marie-Mae van Zuilen, Pieter Embrechts, Ariane Schluter

HALINA REIJN
Born in 1975 in Amsterdam. She studied acting at the Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts. An already famous and awarded actress, she steps behind the camera for her screenwriting and directing debut with ‘Instinct’.

FILMOGRAPHY
2019 Instinct


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        TWILIGHT'S KISS / SUK SUK

        TWILIGHT'S KISS / SUK SUK

        24/9/2020, 19:30, ANESIS

        MARTIN EDEN

        MARTIN EDEN

        24/9/2020, 21:00, STELLA

        NOMADLAND (Opening Film)

        NOMADLAND (Opening Film)

        24/9/2020, 22:15, AEGLI ZAPPIOU

        SAVE YOURSELVES!

        SAVE YOURSELVES!

        24/9/2020, 22:15, RIVIERA
        28/9/2020, 23:00, TRIANON
        4/10/2020, 19:45, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE

        CICADA

        CICADA

        26/9/2020, 22:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE
        3/10/2020, 19:45, TRIANON

         THERE IS NO EVIL / SHEYTAN VOJUD NADARAD

        THERE IS NO EVIL / SHEYTAN VOJUD NADARAD

        26/9/2020, 22:30, ANESIS

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        BLACK BEAR

        26/9/2020, 22:30, TRIANON
        4/10/2020, 22:45, ANESIS

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        ARE WE LOST FOREVER

        26/9/2020, 22:30, ATHINAIA

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        26/9/2020, 22:45, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        30/9/2020, 20:00, STELLA
        4/10/2020, 22:45, RIVIERA

        THE EVENING HOUR

        THE EVENING HOUR

        27/9/2020, 22:30, GREEK FILM ARCHIVE
        2/10/2020, 22:30, TRIANON

        ONLY THE ANIMALS / SEULES LES BÊTES

        ONLY THE ANIMALS / SEULES LES BÊTES

        28/9/2020, 19:30, RIVIERA

        ONE OF THESE DAYS

        ONE OF THESE DAYS

        28/9/2020, 21:00, STELLA
        4/10/2020, 23:00, TRIANON

        FAREWELL AMOR

        FAREWELL AMOR

        30/9/2020, 19:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        3/10/2020, 19:45, STELLA

        DINNER IN AMERICA

        DINNER IN AMERICA

        2/10/2020, 22:15, ATHINAIA
        4/10/2020, 19:45, RIVIERA

        MINAMATA

        MINAMATA

        3/10/2020, 19:30, ATHINAIA

        UNDINE (Closing Film)

        UNDINE (Closing Film)

        3/10/2020, 20:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU
        3/10/2020, 22:30, RIVIERA

        HOPE / HÅP

        HOPE / HÅP

        3/10/2020, 22:15, ANESIS

        AMMONITE

        AMMONITE

        4/10/2020, 19:30, AEGLI ZAPPIOU