10/10: Mark Cousins

The writer and filmmaker behind the landmark 15-hour documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey, an epic journey through the history of world cinema, as well as the upcoming The Eyes of Orson Welles, shares his ten favorite films from the last ten years.

– in chronological order –

1. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)

2. The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland, 2014)

3. Frank (Lenny Abrahamson, 2014)

4. Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015)

5. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)

6. Lemonade (Beyoncé, Kahlil Joseph, Todd Tourso, 2016)

7. Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016)

8. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)

9. Zama (Lucrecia Martel, 2017)

10. I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (Radu Jude, 2018)


Mark Cousins is a filmmaker and writer. His books include The Story of Looking and Watching Real People Elsewhere. His films – such as The First Movie, I Am Belfast, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Atomic, Stockholm My Love and What is this Film Called Love? – are about cinema, childhood, cities, walking and recovery. His newest film is The Eyes of Orson Welles.

10/10 is an ongoing series in which we ask cinephiles to name their ten favorite films from the last ten years (currently, between 2008 and 2018).