Halina Reijn nominated for prize for best European feature film debut | NOW

The psychological thriller Instinctdirected by Halina Reijn, has a chance to win the prize for best European feature film debut this year. The European Film Academy will announce this on Thursday.

“We are exploding with pride and bizarre gratitude,” Reijn wrote on Thursday in a response to Instagram. Her directorial debut will take on the French in December Gagarine, which was selected earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival.

Also the French-Belgian Jumbo and the Italian Sole are among the nominations. The last two candidates, Full Moon and Isaac, come from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Lithuania respectively.

In Instinct Carice van Houten plays a psychiatrist who starts a new job in a tbs clinic and in the meantime does not want to let go of her past. She examines a crafty patient, played by Marwan Kenzari, who is trying to start a power game.

The thriller had a world premiere at the Swiss Locarno Film Festival in 2019 and was subsequently selected for various other festivals. Van Houten and Kenzari both recently received a Golden Calf nomination for their roles. Also the scenario of Instinct had a chance to win that prize.


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