Director: Mark Cousins

106 Minutes, U.K., 2013, Colour, D-Cinema


Tickets are on sale now. This film closes on Thursday, April 10th.

Following The Story of Film: An Odyssey, filmmaker and critic Mark Cousins has here created a companion piece full of his trademark passion and knowledge as he examines differing representations of children throughout the international history of cinema.

Inspired by the reactions of his young niece and nephew to being filmed while visiting his flat, Cousins takes their changing moods as the starting points for a series of free-associating digressions on children and film that use illustrative clips from a selection of 53 films from 25 countries, ranging from Spielberg’s E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial to 1970s Albanian film Tomka and His Friends.

The film is a treat, and Cousins’ infectious enthusiasm and talent for making connections and drawing parallels between the unlikeliest of sources will leave audiences eager to see more of the films mentioned.

★★★★★ The Guardian

Coinciding with this new release, we are showing a season of films about children, Cinema of Childhood (April 12th – 20th), curated by Mark Cousins and including titles referenced in this documentary. 

Show your ticket for Mark Cousins’ A Story of Children and Film to IFI Box Office staff to claim discounted concession rates for tickets to any Cinema of Childhood Season films in April: €6.90 (instead of €8.60)/IFI Members: €5.40 (instead of €6.90).

This film will feature as part of April’s FREE film club meeting, The Critical Take, on Monday, April 28th at 18.30. This club is open to all so please join us to chat about this film and more! Simply collect your free ticket at the IFI Box Office. 

Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.

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