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 this epic and hopeful tale of cinematic innovation from around the globe, The Story Of Film: A New Generation. As has he helps to uncover new ways of seeing and being in our eclectic and voluminous digital age.
Dogwoof are bringing this one to UK cinemas in December. There has been no official Trailer released just yet, check out the official Clip which gives us a taster of what we can expect…
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 Splendour — as launchpads to explore recurring themes and emerging motifs, from the evolution of film language, to technology’s role in movie-making today, to shifting identities in 21st-century world cinema.
Presented in two parts and referencing nearly 100 films, The Story of Film: A New Generation touches 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 — including Aamir Khan’s globally successful PK and Waad al-Kateab’s Syrian film, For Sama — as well as highlighting further 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 moviegoing will continue to transform in the digital century, to our collective joy and wonder.
The Story Of Film: A New Generation will be in select UK and Irish Cinemas from 17th December.