Special Session


Mark Cousins | United Kingdom | 2021 | 160 min.
O.V. in English subtitled in Spanish
story of a film: a new generation

If Mark Cousins has brought a breath of fresh air to the craft of storytelling in film, it is because the spectator is always at the centre of his discourse. Cousins reflects on the cinema that has been made over the last decade (pandemic included), ranging from Tsai Ming Lian, Aleksei German and Apichatpong to Joker, Frozen, It Follows, Black Mirror and Bollywood cinema. It is also a reflection on how our ways of watching films have changed with digital technology, YouTube and other platforms, in a hopeful look that denies the now boring and obsolete prophecy of the death of cinema.

Direction: Mark Cousins
Script: Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins

Born in Northern Ireland in 1965, Mark Cousins has devoted his life to the dissemination of film history using a fresh perspective in which cinephilia goes hand in hand with entertainment, a work that has earned him numerous awards. Between 1997 and 2000 he presented the BBC's cult film series Moviedrome and the series Scene by Scene, interviewing figures such as Scorsese, Bertolucci, Jeanne Moreau, Woody Allen and Lynch. Among his numerous documentaries and initiatives dedicated to film (such as the travelling cinema he launched in Scotland in 2009 with Tilda Swinton), the 15-hour film The History of Cinema: An Odyssey and Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema, in which he tackles 700 films and 183 female directors, and with which he visited Seville, stand out. He has also published several books based on the work carried out on his films, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. This year he presents his latest work, The Story of Looking and The Story of Film: A New Generation.

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