What Is This Film Called…Love?

What Is This Film Called…Love?
Director: Mark Cousins

United Kingdom, Essay, documentary, 2012, 78 min, english with lithuanian subtitles, V

It is a passionate, 78 minute poetic documentary about the nature of happiness. Filmed in Mexico over three days, for just £10, it begins as a film about the soviet director Sergei Eisenstein, and then, using his ideas, opens up to look at memory, landscape and the pleasures of walking. The film draws from a range of filmmakers and writers – principally Chris Marker, but also Virginia Woolf, Frank O’Hara and others – but aims to touch on themes that are relevant to a wide range of people – where joy comes from, the emotions involved with travel and homecoming, and the nature of solitude.

About the director:

Film critic and director Mark Cousins was born in 1965 in Ulster, Ireland. At first, he was a film presenter, but in year 2009 he debuted as a director and scriptwriter – he created films “First film” (2009), “A Story about Film: An Odyssey” (2011), “What Is This Film Called...Love?” (2012), “A Story of Children and Cinema” (2013). Together with actress Tilda Swinton he started off cinema initiative, which later on evolved into travelling independent film festival.

Section: All the Muses

Screenplay: Mark Cousins

Dir. of Photography: Mark Cousins