The Story of Looking

The Story of Looking
Mark Cousins
Mary Bell
Adam Dawtrey
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The Festival Agency Fanny Gavelle

As he prepares for surgery to restore his vision, Mark Cousins explores the role that visual experience plays in our lives. In a deeply personal meditation on the power of looking, he guides us through the riches of the visible world — a kaleidoscope of extraordinary imagery across cultures and eras — to reveal how looking shapes human experience, empathy, discovery and thought. When the Covid-19 pandemic brings another dramatic shift in perspective, he reaches out to others for their lockdown visions, and travels into the future to consider how his sight will continue to change.

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Mark Cousins (1965) is a director, writer and film critic. He is known for his film The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011), a 15-hour long documentary which was broadcast on television and also screened at the Toronto Film Festival; and Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018), a 14-hour long documentary about film history, focusing on the films made by women. He was a programmer at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 1996-97, hosted the Moviedrom and Scene by Scene TV shows at BBC2. In 2009, he and Tilda Swinton created a traveling film festival in Scotland. 

Selected filmography: 
2021 - The Storm of Jeremy Thomas
2021 - The Story of Film: A New Generation
2019 - Storm in My Heart
2018 - Women Make Film: A New Road movie Through Cinema
2018 - The Eyes of Orson Welles
2015 - Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise
2015 - I Am Belfast
2015 - Your Eyes Flash Solemnly with Hate (fiction short)
2014 - The Film That Buys the Cinema
2014 - Life May Be
2013 - Here Be Dragons
2013 - A Story of Children and Film
2012 - What Is This Film Called Love?
2011 - The Story of Film: An Odyssey
2009 - The First Movie