Het Dwaallicht (found Belgian drama film; 1973)

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Het Dwaallicht DVD cover.jpg

The cover of the film's DVD release.

Status: Found

Date found: Unknown

Found by: UniversCine.be

Het Dwaallicht (Will O' the Wisp) is a 1973 Belgian film directed by Frans Buyens, based on the novel of the same name by Willem Elsschot.


Het Dwaallicht follows the story an old man named Laarmans who is discontented with his family life and spends his evening wandering around Antwerp's red-light district. One evening, three Pakistani sailors approach him and ask for his help to find a certain girl named Maria, who doesn't seem to actually exist.

Although they never find the girl, she does appear in illusions by the men. The search turns out to be a metaphor for searching for their inner-self and social contact. [1]

Technical Aspects

  • Date of release: 15-11-1973
  • Countries of origin: Belgium, Netherlands
  • Genre: Psychological drama
  • Distributor: Gofilex
  • Production companies: Iris Films Dacapo / Appletree Filmproductions
  • Lenght: 108 minutes
  • Shot on: 35mm[2]


  • Romain Deconinck - Laarmans
  • Eva Kant - Maria van Dam
  • Mazhar Hussein Sjeikh - Ali
  • Dora van der Groen - Miss Laarmans
  • Fred Van Kuyk - Police officer

Also featuring: Niza Faruqi, Hélène Present, Shafiq Ahmed, Ronnie Commissaris, Sies Foletta, Tim Beekman and Cois Senne[2]


  • Director - Frans Buyens
  • Producer - Frans Buyens
  • Producer - Max Appelboom
  • Camera - Hans Simons
  • Camera - Fred Tammes
  • Camera - Hans den Bezemer
  • Editing - Dirk Van Den Eynden
  • Editing - Arsène Souffriau
  • Editing - Klaus Jürgen Kramer
  • Production manager - Patrick De Hooghe
  • Script - Rita Van Den Driessche
  • Stage director - Jef Van De Water
  • Cinematography - Fred Tammes
  • Production lead - Jaap van Rij
  • Sound - Kees Linthorst
  • Sound - Henri Morelle
  • Directing assistant - Dirk Van Den Eynden
  • Directing assistant - Klaus Jürgen Kramer
  • Clothes designer - Danielle Sandrard
  • Art-director - Luc Monheim
  • Make-up - Claudine Thyrion[2]


Little else was known about the film apart from the cast and producer. Information about the film was next to non-existent. Very few images related to the film can be found on the internet. As of today, no physical copy of the DVD release was resurfaced and the film has never been redistributed in any other form.

The film can currently be streamed on UniversCine thought this is only available to Belgian audience members. [3] The DVD pop-ups every now and then on Dutch/Belgian marketplaces and it is occasionally shown on TV like the Belgian TV network: één. It is also one of the many movies in the collection of the Dutch cinema/movie museum, EYE.[2]


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