festival program / Jordan Ressler First Feature Award



Nicoline (Game of Thrones, Carice van Houten) is an experienced psychologist that is embarking on a new job at a penal institution. There she meets Idris, a sex offender who committed a series of incredibly violent crimes. After five years of treatment, his team of practitioners are enthusiastic about his development as he prepares to embark on his first unaccompanied probation. But Nicoline has seen it all, and she isn't buying the rehabilitated front he puts on.

Scared of the consequences of his release, she tries to push his probation. But despite everything she knows about Idris, she can't ignore the intense hold he has on her. What results is a series of twisted interactions between the two, as his manipulative core comes to the surface in a cat and mouse sexual power play that goes to dangerous lengths.

With hints of Paul Verhoeven's Elle, Instinct is a psycho-sexual thriller that dares to dive into sexual desire, control, and the true definition of consent.

This screening is sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund.

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SilverSpot Cinema 12

Director Bio

Halina Reijn is an actress and director from Amsterdam. Her directorial debut, Instinct, had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, and went on to be selected as the Dutch Oscar submission for the 92nd Academy Awards.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Halina Reijn
  • Producer(s)
    Arnold Heslenfeld, Halina Reijn, Laurette Schillings, Frans van Gestel, Carice van Houten
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Esther Gerritsen, Halina Reijn
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Jasper Wolf
  • Composer
    Ella van der Woude
  • Cast
    Carice Van Houten, Marwan Kenzari

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