The cloud painting machine


The film tells of how a young adolescent, in the harsh context of a industrial working-class neighborhood in the city of Bilbao during the last dark years of the Franco dictatorship, embarks on a voyage of self discovery when he finds his passion lies in painting. In this hostile environment that seems pitted against beauty and art we meet a group of workers from a smelting factory who dedicate their free time to painting. They are painting enthusiasts who paint for their true love of art.

Genre: Feature length fictional film
Running time: 102′
Year of production: 2009
Original version: Spanish
Versions available: Spanish and Basque language
Director: Patxo Telleria and Aitor Mazo
Screenplay: Patxo Telleria and Aitor Mazo
Bingen Elortza, Aitor Mazo, Gracia Olayo, Chema Muñoz, Lander Otaola, Asier Oruesagasti, Santi Ugalde, Montse Mostaza, Loreto Mauleon.
Producers: Abra Prod and Canal Mundo Ficción
Executive producers: Joxe Portela
Producers: Joxe Portela, Alberto Gerrikabeitia, Miguel Torrente and Melchor Miralles
Music: Bingen Mendizabal

National: Abra Prod | International: Abra Prod | DVD: Abra Prod

Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival (Colombia) (Received the Young Judges Award)
Cardiff Art Institute’s Wow Film Festival (Wales)
Spanish Film Week in Warsaw (Poland)
Nantes Spanish Film Festival (France)
Chicago Latin Film Festival (USA)
Galway Film Fleadh (Ireland)
London Spanish Film Festival (United Kingdom)
Milan International Film Festival (Italy)
ES.CINE 2010 Showcase of Spanish Cinema (Mexico)
Braunschweig International Film Festival (Germany)
¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival (United Kingdom)
58th Edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival
Elche International Independent Film Festival
Zinemastea v.2 in Vitoria (Spain)
El Correo […] The Cloud Painting Machine deserves a place among the few films that actually give you more than just the story they tell, like you’ve been let in on some kind of insider’s information. It has its own soul that pleasantly captivates your attention and takes you beyond just rational channels of thought […]
William Munny […] Once in awhile in film production there are films [like this one] that have a special character and that stand out against the rest, films with a unique and artisanal workmanship where the characters carry you beyond the brilliance of the camera shots or the dreamy scenery. And, in fact, this time the capacity of the atmosphere created in this carefully thought out film is equally great […]