Mark Cousins expands The Story Of Film with a new release, covering movies and cinema from 2010 to 2021: more here.

Mark Cousins’ hugely acclaimed The Story Of Film: An Odyssey series – which is now available on Blu-ray at last – is to get a new chapter, with the announcement of The Story Of Film: A New Generation.

This will be picking up the story of world cinema again, this time starting in 2010 and running things right through to 2021. We’re promised, as before, that the mix of movies covered will be broad, from Frozen to Cemetery Of Splendour. Split into two parts, nearly 100 movies are considered in the new documentary, and Dogwoof is distributing it in the UK. It runs to 160 minutes in total. Perhaps we might even get an old fashioned interval!

Either way, it heads to cinemas on December 17th, following its debut at the Cannes Film Festival and more recently its appearance at the London Film Festival too. In the meantime, here’s a clip from the film to give you a taste as to what’s ahead…

We’ll leave you for the minute with the synopsis…

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 shows that under-represented communities are where some of the most innovative filmmaking is taking place, 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.

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