A24 has acquired the rights to ‘Instinct’, an erotic psychological thriller from ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’ director Halina Reijn.
A24 is planning a one-night event to release the film in the company’s screening room on Thursday, September 22. Tickets go on sale September 19 at 1 p.m. ET.
“Instinct” had its world premiere at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and later played at the Toronto International Film Festival. This Thursday’s screening marks the first time “Instinct” has been available in North America since its pre-pandemic festival debut.
In addition, the evening will be the first time A24 uses its screening room to screen a film the indie company has acquired, rather than one of its own productions.
‘Instinct’ will be available as a double feature film with Reijn’s latest feature film ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’, a satirical slasher about rich twenty-somethings who plan a hurricane party that turns deadly. The film, also from A24, has grossed $11 million at the domestic box office since August.
Best known for ‘Black Book’ and ‘Game of Thrones’, Carice Van Houten stars in ‘Instinct’ as Nicoline, a criminal psychologist who begins working in a prison where one of her new cases, Idris (played by Marwan Kenzari) , an apparently reformed sex offender, prepares for release after five years of incarceration. Despite her professional doubts, Nicoline falls in love with her charismatic, manipulative patient.
In Varieties review Guy Lodge praised the film as a “risky, impressive debut” for Reijn (remember, it premiered on the festival circuit before “Bodies Bodies Bodies” hit theaters), calling it “intelligent sensational mature fare, made with paper-cut precision on all fronts.”
In addition to directing the film, Reijn produced “Instinct” with van Houten via Man Up and Frans Van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld and Laurette Schillings from Topkapi Films. Films Boutique represented international sales on ‘Instinct’.
Reijn is represented at CAA, 2AM, and Jackoway, Austen, Tyerman, Wertheimer, Mandelbaum, Morris, Bernstein, Trainer & Klein.