The New Waves Non fiction


Mark Cousins | United Kingdom | 2021 | 90 min
O.V. in English subtitled in Spanish
the story of looking

What can a filmmaker do if he loses his most precious instrument, his eyes? It is this concern, on the eve of a cataract operation, that triggers Mark Cousins' curiosity and dreamy reflexivity in a film in which he starts from the personal to take off towards the universal. Cousins wonders here what it means to look, to look at oneself, to look at ourselves, to look at the world, art and films, building associations on the fly, investigating the role of visual experience in our lives and even traveling into the future. The pleasure and pain of looking at the world, engine for experience, discovery and thought, bottled in 90 minutes of wonder and discovery.

Direction: Mark Cousins
Editing: Timo Langer
Production: Mary Bell, Adam Dawtrey

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.