How to Describe a Cloud

David Verbeek’s best film
-Job van der Berg, Parool
Every shot of Jean Counet hits the target and is appealing to the eye
– Pauline Kleijer
A story about illness, mourning and reconciliation with the circle of life
David Verbeek could be the next Dutch director with universal success
– Niels Bakker, Filmkrant
A well-built,associative, magic-realistic trip about imagination

How to Describe a Cloud was nominated at the International Film Festival Rotterdam for the Big Screen Award in 2013 and for two ‘Gouden Kalf’ at the Dutch film festival (2013) in the categories ‘Best Sound’ and ‘Best director’.

Straddling the line between reality and fantasy, this meditative film tells the story of the young girl Liling, who has abandoned her mother in the countryside in order to become a DJ amidst the neon lights of Taipei. But when her mother goes blind and can no longer take care of herself, Liling is forced to reevaluate her life. Returning to her coastal village, she has to face a new reality which, as she experiences elusive flashes of extrasensory perception, threatens to disrupt all the firmly anchored rules that previously governed her world.

After gratuaded at the Filmacadamy in Amsterdam, David Verbeek left for China and makes the film ‘R U There’ a multi-dimensional experience that compries 20% Second Life images. The film got selected to Un Certain Regard in Cannes. More information about David Verbeek, visit his website.

Original title
How to describe a cloud
Running time
80 mins
HD video
Screen Ratio
Chinese mandarin
English, Dutch
Dolby 5.1
Year of release

David Verbeek
Wout Conijn
David Verbeek
Director of Photography
Jean Counet
Sound Engineer
Ginny Sheui
Sound Design
Peter Warnier
Patrick Schonewille
Dutch broadcaster
Boeddistische Omroep
Dutch Distribution
Mokum Film
Realized with support from
Mondriaan Fonds, Gemeente Tilburg, Cultuurfonds Tilburg, Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunst, Filmfonds
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