The Story of Looking

by Mark Cousins

Cousins: Viaggi nel Grande Cinema

Italian premiere

genre: doc

(UK / 2021 / 90’)

As he prepares for surgery to restore his vision, Mark Cousins explores the role that visual experience plays in our individual and collective 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. At a time when we are more assailed by images than ever, he reveals how looking makes us who we are. He shares the pleasure and pain of seeing the world, in all its complexity and contradiction, with eyes wide open. As the Covid-19 pandemic brings another dramatic shift of perspective, he travels to the future to consider how his looking life will continue to develop until the very end. 

In collaboration with Red Shoes