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Mark Cousins reveals the history of women's cinema

The Festival has announced the Spanish premiere of 'Women Making Films: A New Road Movie Through Cinema', the monumental work of influential theorist and filmmaker Mark Cousins, a journey through filmmaking history from the point of view of women directors


In the Special Screenings section, Irish director Mark Cousins will screen his latest film 'Women Making Films: A New Road Movie Through Cinema' for the first time in Spain. After 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey', her celebrated essay on the history of cinema, Cousins tackles another monumental 14-hour project, showing the impressive and insufficiently vindicated cinematographic legacy of the cinema made by women, through more than a thousand film sequences. A surprising journey full of lucid associations, made up of fragments of films shot over 13 decades by filmmakers such as Chantal Akerman, Kathryn Bigelow, Ana Mariscal, Agnès Varda, Jessica Hausner, Vera Chytilova, Claire Denis, Forugh Farrokhzad, Lucrecia Martel, Alice Guy-Blaché, Lynne Ramsay, Larisa Shepitko, Liliana Cavani, Lucile Hadžihalilovic and Maren Ade, among many others....

rom framing to the introduction of the characters, through filmic genres or the meaning of a trailer, Cousins dives into images once again to evoke the greatness of cinema, also present in underrated titles throughout its history and which appear here as great discoveries signed by directors such as Wang Ping, Moufida Tlatli, Wendy Toye, Pirjo Honkasalo, Wanda Jakubowska, Sarah Maldoror, Erika Runge, Dinara Asanova, Kinuyo Tanaka, Astrid Henning-Jensen and MalvinaUrsianu. As in 'The Story of Film', the novelty of this four-year work is the own selection criteria established by Cousins, which in this case is already part of any film research study. Narrated by Jane Fonda and Tilda Swinton, 'Women Making Films: A New Road Movie Through Cinema' is, in short, a necessary revision of the film canon.