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The Arrival of Joachim Stiller (1976)
"De komst van Joachim Stiller" (original title)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugo Metsers ...
Freek Groenevelt
Cox Habbema ...
Simone Marijnissen
Lily van de Kastelen
Charles Janssens ...
Dora van der Groen ...
Madame Frans
Joan Remmelts ...
Andreas Colijn
Gaston Vandermeulen ...
Schepen Keldermans
Ward de Ravet ...
Wiebrand Zijlstra
Anton Peters ...
Clemens Waalwijk
Alex Wilequet ...
Bert André ...
Assistent lijkenhuisdirekteur (as Bert Andre)
Chris Boni ...
Vrouw in ziekenhuis
Joris Collet ...
Nini De Boël ...
Stella von Kipperfisch
Jo De Meyere ...


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29 November 1976 (Belgium)  »

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The Arrival of Joachim Stiller  »

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While Freek Groenevelt waits in front of the city hall till the rain stops, Hubert Lampo - the writer of the novel - stands next to him. See more »


When Freek remembers his childhood trauma set during the second world war, all the actors have long Seventies style haircuts. See more »


Edited from King Kong (1933) See more »

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Fascinating !
14 March 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

'De komst van Joachim Stiller' (= Dutch for 'the coming of Joachim Stiller') is a novel by the Flemish author Hubert Lampo from 1961.

'Magical realism' is this novel's keyword, a style of writing Lampo excelled in. It deals with the intrusion of the unexplainable into common, everyday's life. Setting up an atmosphere of tension and uneasiness as a consequence.

In 1976 Flemish producer Harry Kümel transferred 'De komst van Joachim Stiller' into a TV-series. Making them an instant hit in the low countries back then. A few decades later the Royal Belgian Film Institute incorporated Kümel's work in a DVD-series about great Belgian films: it is the very DVD this site is about.

Set in the lovely historical city of Antwerp, Belgium, the fascination of 'De komst van Joachim Stiller' will surely keep you watching until its very end. Its unexpected end, one may say, provided you haven't read Lampo's novel.

Have yourself carried back to the Antwerp of 1976, and surrender to the great Magical Realism of Lampo and Kümel. All set in a very low countries-style. No doubt 'De komst of Joachim Stiller' is one of the greatest films ever produced over there.

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