Comical feature film in which a stage comedian (Freek de Jonge) looks back on his childhood years in a poor miller's family. The film shows his ambitions as a conjurer, the rescue of his seemingly disturbed brother from a mental home, a rich grandfather, an obtrusive mother, a suicidal father, and scores of dead flies. Although not a single intelligible word is uttered, there is an abundance of sound. De Illusionist - a cinematic sequel to De Jonge's theatre show De tragiek from 1981 - won the 1984 Golden Calf for Best Feature Film.

Title: De illusionist
Year: 1983
Duration : 1 hour, 30 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 1983

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Acteur (1984)
Gerard Thoolen
Beste Lange Speelfilm (1984)
Jos Stelling

Gouden Kalf nominees

Other awards

Prijs v.d. Nederlandse Filmkritiek (1984)

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