Television drama about the tragedy of drink is set in the grey, disconsolate factory town of Zaandam. The protagonist is Henk van de Wal, a down-and-out poet and alcoholic who cannot settle down in life. Excessive drinking has given him the Disease of Clairvoyance. He sees through people with an intelligent sharpness, but does not dare to be himself. Always in search of love and continuously hunting brief ecstasies he loses himself in drink. In Zaanse nachten, we follow him on the last days of his life. The film is a musical narration with music by Ray Anderson and Chet Baker among others.
Gouden Kalf nominees
Beste Acteur Televisiedrama (1999)
You are now in the NFF Archive. The archive contains contains information on film, TV and interactive productions that were screened at past festival editions. The NFF does not dispose of this material. For this, please contact the producer, distributor or broadcaster. Sometimes, older films can also be found at the Eye Film Museum or the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.