As a teen, Belgian director Marion Hänsel wanted to be an artist. That desire was terminated by William Turner's imposing skies. His wonderful clouds return, together with those of other artists, at the end of Hänsel's documentary Nuages, lettres à mon fils.

The entire film consists of cloud footage, "the biggest film screen in the world", while Catherine Deneuve's voice-over reads the letters she wrote about motherhood to her son. A meditative edit set to music by Michael Galasso provides a cloud revue: sunrises, lightening bolts and evening mists. The Old Masters' sombre skies remind her of the time she had to leave her four-week-old son to shoot a film. Ultimately, Hänsel's film clouds – whether violent or still – are as impressive as those of the artists she admires.

International title
Clouds: Letters to My Son
Filmmaker
Marion Hänsel
Country
Belgium, Germany
Year
2001
Medium
DCP
Length
76’
Language
English
Producer
Marion Hänsel
Production Company
Man's Films Productions
Sales
Man's Films Productions
Writer
Marion Hänsel
Cinematography
Didier Frateur, Pio Corradi
Editor
Michèle Hubinon
Music
Michael Galasso
Cast
voice of: Catherine Deneuve