When the Light Comes

Stijn Coninx Feature film - 1998 - 115 min.

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Feature film about a young woman who travels to the remote Spitsbergen, where she will share a house for one winter with a Norwegian fur trapper.

Ellen Vanderlaan wants to finally go her own way after finishing highschool. After a boattrip she ends up in Spitsbergen where she will spend a winter among the ice floes and endless white tundra with the Norwegian fur trapper Lars. Things do not live up to her expectations: she has trouble adapting to the hard live in the Arctic Circle and Lars is not the he man she had imagined. An ice-cold atmosphere reigns in the wooden hut thanks to the lack of communication and the fact that Lars keeps making sexual innuendos. As time passes, Ellen realises she will have to adapt to make life bearable. When the Light Comes is based on the autobiographical novel by Heleen van der Laan.


Director(s) Stijn Coninx
Producer(s) Paul Voorthuysen
Production Company
Director of Photography
Theo Bierkens
Production Design
Karl Juliusson
Production Country
Netherlands, Belgium, Germany