Mark Cousins


Voted for

NIPPON KONCHUKI1963Shohei Imamura
Pyaasa1957Guru Dutt
Touch of Evil1958Orson Welles
Cemetery of Splendour2015Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cabaret1972Bob Fosse
The Ascent1976Larissa Shepitko
A Moment of Innocence1996Mohsen Makhmalbaf
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg1964Jacques Demy
D'EST1993Chantal Akerman



1963 Japan

For decades, my favourite film. Driven by social energy and stylistic energy.


1957 India

Baroque and melancholic. Did Orson Welles ever see Pyaasa? It makes Touch of Evil look like social realism.

Touch of Evil

1958 USA

A moral and stylistic maelstrom.

Cemetery of Splendour

2015 Thailand, United Kingdom, France, Malaysia, Germany, Republic of Korea, Mexico, USA, Norway, Netherlands, Hong Kong

It creeps up on you like fear or realisation. Is it therapy? Or myth?


1972 USA

The first shot sets a high bar and the rest exceeds it. A film reborn at a time of fascism reborn.

The Ascent

1976 USSR

A film of sobering grandeur. A film about war, snow, men and agony.


2002 Russian Federation, Ukraine

The first half is a yelled film, the second like a Von Sternberg movie. So daring, wilful and intoxicating.

A Moment of Innocence


Philosophical cinema can be heartbreaking.

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

1964 France, Federal Republic of Germany

A film like a Jacques Brel song. Soaringly melodic and melancholic. I've met people who hate it, which makes me question if we're the same species.


1993 France, Belgium, Portugal

Many movie industry people say that film is about storytelling. I love a good story, but for me it's often too high in the mix, like a vocal that dominates the rest of the music in a song. There's almost no story in D'est. It's more like a letter, an eyewitness account, about the end of the Soviet empire. And it has shots to die for.

Further remarks

Most of my choices are in some way about loneliness, one of the great subjects of the movies.