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The Story of Film: A New Generation (2022)

Opens on September 9

Director: Mark Cousins Run Time: 160 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Mark Cousins

Country: United Kingdom
Language: English

About the film:

World Premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. A decade after The Story of Film: An Odyssey, an expansive and influential inquiry into the state of moviemaking in the 20th century, filmmaker Mark Cousins returns with an epic and hopeful tale of cinematic innovation from around the globe.

“colossally well-informed, bracingly internationalist and genuinely educational… This is an unashamed celebration of cinema as an art-form.”

—Peter Bradshaw for The Guardian

Cousins turns his sharp, meticulously honed gaze on world cinema from 2010 to 2021, using a surprising range of works and seeking out films, filmmakers and communities under-represented in traditional film histories. And as the recent pandemic recedes, he ponders what comes next in the streaming age: how have we changed as cinephiles, and how moviegoing will continue to transform in the digital century, to our collective joy and wonder.

About the filmmaker:

Mark Cousins is a multi award-winning Irish-Scottish filmmaker, critic and festival programmer. He has programmed the Edinburgh Film Festival (1996-97), hosted BBC2’s Moviedrome (1997-2000) and Scene by Scene (1999-2000), and is the author of “The Story of Film” and (with Kevin Macdonald) “Imagining Reality: the Faber Book of Documentary”. His acclaimed films include The First Movie (2009), The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011), A Story of Children and Film (2013) and The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018). Along with The Story of Film: A New Generation (2021), his documentary The Storms of Jeremy Thomas (2021) was selected to screen at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

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