I Am Belfast
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    I Am Belfast

    Directed by

    United Kingdom


    84 min

    • English


    Karlovy Vary IFF

    I AM BELFAST is Mark Cousins unique film about an infamous place, and this woman we meet becomes our free spirited walking tour guide. At first she shows us fun things – the way people talk, unusual vantage points, fragments of the city’s visual landscape. Starting in the here and now, with the everyday, we move on to the dream life of the city, mapping the voices of women and the liminal spaces, the unnoticed and the unloved things about this place. But then her story deepens. She looks back and she sees the tragedy and the horror of what went before. She remembers everything…



    Helena Bereen
    Richard Buick
    Shane McCaffrey
    Mark Cousins
    Christopher Doyle
    Timo Langer
    David Holmes


    An arty, eccentric, bittersweet love letter to the city that built the Titanic.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Any old documentary can give you the history of a city, but it takes a special kind of movie to capture its spirit.

    Peter Debruge, Variety

    A complex and heartfelt evocation of a divided city.

    Sophie Monks Kaufmann, Little White Lies

    Mark Cousins

    Mark Cousins

    United Kingdom

    Movies have broadened out. They started as a babbling brook and now they’re a big, wide river – and all over the world.

    Mark Cousins is a Northern Irish filmmaker, critic and programmer. He programmed the Edinburgh FF (1996-97), hosted BBC2’s MOVIEDROME (1997-2000) and SCENE BY SCENE (1999-2000). He is the author of "The Story of Film" and co-wrote "Imagining Reality: the Faber Book of Documentary" with Kevin Macdonald. In addition, he is the co-founder (with Tilda Swinton) of the 8½ Foundation which is a Scottish-based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to introducing world cinema to children. His works include THE FIRST MOVIE, THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick Award from Michael Moore) and many more including 6 DESIRES: DH LAWRENCE AND SARDINIA, LIFE MAY BE, A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM, WHAT IS THIS FILM CALLED LOVE?, HERE BE DRAGONS, I AM BELFAST, and more. Cousins curated a season of films for the Romanian Cultural Institute in London. In 2016 he made his debut as a fiction director with STOCKHOLM MY LOVE, which was released in the UK by the BFI. In 2017 he completed BIGGER THAN THE SHINING. His latest book, The Story of Looking, is about humankind's visual engagement with the world. That year he also completed the film THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES about the filmmaker's graphic art. At the start of 2018, he has just completed a 2 hour, four screen, commission for the Rotterdam Film Festival, Storm in My Heart, and is editing a 22 hour film, Eye Opener, which looks again at cinema, from the perspective of women directors.

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