Samuel in the Clouds


Director: Pieter Van Eecke
Screenplay: Pieter Van Eecke
Producer: Clin d'Oeil Films (BE)
Co-producer: A Private View, Baldr Film (NL)
Director of Photography: Johan Legraie
Editor: Octavio Iturbe and Danniel Danniel

Almost every single day, former ski lift operator Samuel walks up to the world’s highest ski resort located next to La Paz in Bolivia. Samuel is hoping for snow, but the glacier melted away. Scientists are measuring the changes in their laboratory on the same peak. While the clouds drift by, all seems lost.


  • Samuel Mendoza

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Release year: 2016
Supported by: Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Netherlands Film Fund, Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et de VOO, Creative Europe program of the European Union, Belgian Tax Shelter, Belgian Development Cooperation (DGD) ; Pascal Decroos Fund ; Flanders Image, Canvas/VRT, IKON, YLE

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Release & festivals:

Winner Gold Hugo Award for best Documentary - Chicago International Film Festival ; Winner Environmental Award - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival ; Winner Nature and Man prize – Ulju Mountain Film Festival ; Winner Best Environment Film – Kendal Mountain Film Festival ; Winner Grand Prix – Autrans Mountain Film Festival ; Winner Mejor Fotografía – Bilbao Mendi Film Festival ; Winner Best Cinematography – Social Impact Media Awards ; Winner Best Environmental Film – Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival ; Winner Best Mountain Environment & Natural History Film – Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival ; Winner Honourable Mention – Mountainfilm International Filmfestival in Graz ; Winner Silver Edelweiss for Best Mountain Culture Film – Torelló Mountain Film Festival ; Winner Youth Jury Prize – International Mountain Film Festival Zakopane ; Winner Grand Prix des Festivals-Conseil de la Vallée – Cervino Cinemountain ; Winner Genziana d’Oro for best mountaineering film, Winner RAI Award and Winner Luigi Vittorio Bertarelli Touring Club Italiano Award - Trento Film Festival