Marking the 10th anniversary of Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Music Box Films released the official trailer for The Story of Film: A New Generation which picks up where that film left off and explores the creative, technical and cultural aspects of the world of motion pictures.
The documentary, an official selection of Cannes Film Festival, opens theatrically in New York, Los Angeles and select additional cities on Friday, September 9, followed by a digital release on all major platforms on Tuesday, September 20, and on DVD on Tuesday, October 18.
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 Frozen, The Babadook, and Cemetery of Splendour—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 moviegoing will continue to transform in the digital century, to our collective joy and wonder.
Watch the official trailer for The Story of Film: A New Generation.
In theaters September 9
New York, NY // Museum of the Moving Image
Los Angeles, CA // Laemmle Royal
Chicago, IL // Music Box Theatre
Boston, MA // Brattle Theatre
Columbus, OH // Gateway Film Center
Santa Fe, NM // Violet Crown Santa Fe
Santa Barbara, CA // Hitchcock Cinema