Filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of legendary director and actor Orson Welles to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush.

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Filmmakers: Mark Cousins
Country: UK
Runtime: 115'
Year: 2018
Format: HD

Cannes - The Eyes of Orson Welles


STORY

Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush. Executive produced by Michael Moore, The Eyes of Orson Welles brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of this brilliant 20th-century showman, and explores how the genius of Welles still resonates today in the age of Trump, more than 30 years after his death.


press

"Intriguing and illuminating" - The Hollywood Reporter

"Engaging, insightful and wide-ranging" - Screen Daily

"Mark Cousins’ whimsical but heartfelt love letter to Welles connects the director’s films to his paintings and drawings" ★★★★ - The Guardian

"Rich and rewarding" Sight & Sound

“A visual rhapsody” - Total Film

“Illuminating insight” - The Scotsman

“Quite simply one of the best Welles documentaries released since his death” - Wellsnet

Awards

Special Distinction in the Golden Eye documentary competition at the Cannes Film Festival

 

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Cannes Film Festival 2018

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

Edinburgh Film Festival 2018

Melbourne International Film Festival 2018 

 


 

FILMMAKERS

Mark Cousins is a Northern Irish filmmaker and writer who lives in Edinburgh. His work as a director includes The Story of Film: An Odyssey, an epic 15-hour documentary which won a Peabody Award and the Stanley Kubrick Award; A Story of Children and Film, a feature doc which world premiered in Cannes; I Am Belfast, a lyrical essay film about his home town; and his fiction debut Stockholm My Love, a grief musical starring and with music by Neneh Cherry. His latest book The Story of Looking was published in the UK last year by Canongate. 

 

Credits

Director, cinematographer and writer: Mark Cousins 

Producers: Mary Bell and Adam Dawtrey 

Executive producers:  Mark Bell, Mark Thomas and Michael Moore 

Consultant: Beatrice Welles 

Editor: Timo Langer 

Composer: Matt Regan