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13 August 2019

Instinct*, the debut feature of Dutch director Halina Reijn, is selected for the 44th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The film, which world-premiered 12 August at the Locarno International Film Festival, will have its North-American premiere in TIFF's Contemporary World Cinema programme.

Starring Carice van Houten (Brimstone, Game of Thrones) and Marwan Kenzari (Wolf, Aladdin), Instinct is a psychological thriller about an experienced psychologist working in a penal institution who becomes obsessed with a sex offender who appears to be ready to return to society. The film is produced by Topkapi Films in co-production with Man Up and BNNVARA. International sales are handled by Films Boutique.

The world premiere of minority Dutch co-production The Barefoot Emperor*, co-produced by Topkapi Films (NL) is also presented in Contemporary World Cinema. Directed, written and produced by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, the film is a sequel of King of the Belgians* (2016), which had its world premiere in Venice. Be for Films is handling international sales.

Sergei Loznitsa's State Funeral is selected for Toronto's Wavelengths. Loznitsa's 25th film is a documentary based on archive footage shot in the USSR in 1953 as the country mourned the death of Joseph Stalin. Produced by Atoms & Void (The Netherlands) in co-production with Studio Uljana Kim (Lithuania), State Funeral will world premiere during the upcoming edition of the Venice Film Festival, in the Out of Competition section.

Earlier TIFF announced the selection of The Goldfinch* by John Crowley, which is minority co-produced by Amsterdam-based Kaap Holland Film. The world premiere is part of Toronto's Gala Presentations.


TIFF will announce its complete programme shortly.

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival takes place 5 - 15 September. Go SEE NL at TIFF 2019!


*Supported by the Netherlands Film Fund


For more information:

Topkapi Films
Ph: +31 20 303 2494

Sales: Films Boutique
Ph: +49 30 6953 7850

The Barefoot Empire

Topkapi Films

Sales: Be for Films
Ph: +32 2 793 3893

State Funeral

Atoms & Void

The Goldfinch
Kaap Holland Film
Ph: +31 20 854 5977

Warner Bros


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