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. In THE STORY OF FILM: A NEW GENERATION, Cousins turns his sharp, meticulously honed gaze on world cinema from 2010 to 2021, using a surprising range of works — including JOKER, FROZEN and CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR — as launchpads to explore recurring themes and emerging motifs, from the evolution of film language, to technology’s role in moviemaking today, to shifting identities in 21st-century world cinema.
Touching on everything from PARASITE and THE FAREWELL to BLACK PANTHER and LOVER’S ROCK, Cousins seeks out films, filmmakers and communities under-represented in traditional film histories, with a particular emphasis on Asian and Middle Eastern works, as well as boundary-pushing documentaries and films that see gender in new ways. And as the recent pandemic recedes, Cousins ponders what comes next in the streaming age: how have we changed as cinephiles, and how will moviegoing continue to transform in the digital century, to our collective joy and wonder.
“Cinema is a conversation and often an argument, and Mark Cousins is a hell of a fun guy to have an argument with.” —Steve Pond, The Wrap “This is an unashamed celebration of cinema as an art-form: Cousins is an aesthete.” —Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian “Cousins’ aesthetic appetite is so wide-ranging that it can sometimes feel hard to understand what all these examples have in common, other than reflecting the infinite ways that artists can choose to express themselves through cinema. That may as well be his point: There’s room for infinite points of view behind the camera, as well as among those who do the watching.” —Peter Debruge, Variety