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HIFF pre-festival guest Mark Cousins’ “How to maintain the understanding of film culture in an abundant media environment?” discussion event is held on Thursday 4 September at Andorra.

Director and film critic Mark Cousins arrives in Helsinki in the beginning of September as HIFF’s pre-festival guest, bringing in his two new documentaries. In Finland the Irish filmmaker is perhaps best known for his film history book The Story of Film and the 15-episode television production based on the book.

The open discussion event organized by HIFF is hosted by PhD, Professor of Film and Television Studies Henry Bacon, who discusses the topic “How to maintain the understanding of film culture in an abundant media environment?” with Cousins at Andorra on 4 September at 16:30. Cousins has also promised to reveal some forgotten themes and blind spots of film history which he finds important.

Besides being the HIFF pre-festival guest Cousins will also be present in Finnish television: his works are also shown on HIFF’s main partner’s YLE Teema channel during the fall. Cousins’ series The Story of Film: An Odyssey is a documentary series that travels through time covering about 1000 films from the beginning of film to the present. The series will be rerun on Teema starting from 10 September. Some of the films discussed in the series will be shown throughout autumn in Saturday’s Theme series (Teemalauantai) as well as in the Cinema Classic series (Kino Klassikko) on Sundays.

Both the festival and Teema will screen Cousins’ documentary A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM, in which the director examines the finest child depictions of cinema history. The Finnish audience may be surprised to learn that one of Cousins’ favorite scenes with a child is featured in Erkki Karu’s film Finlandia from 1922. Cousins has stated that film is an unmatched form of art in depicting the truths of childhood, as the child is present in the creation process in a different way than in literature, for example.

A Story of Children and Film will be shown as a special, free admission pre-festival screening in Andorra after the discussion with Bacon and Cousins.

Discussion and Screening
Thurs 4 September,  Andorra, Eerikinkatu 11, 00100 Helsinki
16:30 Discussion
18:00 A Story of Children and Film pre-screening 

Free admission!

To attend the discussion,  please RSVP by September 3rd at kutsu@hiff.fi and let us know if you will stay for the screening as well. The seats a limited and will be reserved in order of registration. 

Pictures from A Story of Children and Film and Life May Be