Dutch films 'Instinct' and 'State Funeral' selected for Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Two Dutch films are selected for the 44th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF): Sergei Loznitsa's State Funeral, and Instinct, the debut feature of Dutch director Halina Reijn with Carice van Houten.


Following its recent world-premiere at the Locarno International Film Festival, where it was awarded with the Variety Piazza Grande Award and a Special Mention for Best First Feature, Instinct 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 the debut feature of Dutch director Halina Reijn and is produced by Topkapi Films in co-production with Man Up and BNNVARA. Supported by the Netherlands Film Fund.

State Funeral

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, before heading to TIFF.

The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival takes place 5 – 15 September. TIFF will announce its complete programme shortly. The screening details of the Dutch films will then be posted on our event page.