State of Affairs

The March On Rome

Mark Cousins
Screening time  
27.03. / Monday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 5  

Through little-seen archive and his characteristically cinematic analysis, Mark Cousins narrates the ascent of fascism in Italy and its fall-out across 1930s Europe, with the main message being that Mussolini’s defeat did not mean the end of fascism as an influential movement. Cousins employs diverse narrative strategies, from his trademark detailed dissection of film sequences, scenes from Italian film classics, archival footage, images of current-day Italy, and staged readings. His analysis of the fascist film A Noi! – a pseudo-documentary about the March on Rome – points to the key role played by propaganda. Both essay film and historical document, The March On Rome contextualises history through the now, holding a mirror to a political landscape of a creeping far right and manipulated media.


Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins was born in 1965 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is a director, writer, cinematographer, critic and programmer. He has directed more than 30 documentary films, including The First Movie (2009), which won the Manfred Salzgeber Award at Berlinale, The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018), which received Golden Eye - Special Mention at Cannes Film Festival, and Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018), which secured him a European Film Award for Innovative Storytelling. His film The Story of Film: A New Generation opened Cannes Film Festival 2021. With Tilda Swinton, he co-founded the 8½ Foundation in 2009.

General sponsor

Marcia su Roma

2022, 98'

Directed by:
Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins, Timoty Aliprandi

Edited by:
Timo Langer

Produced by:
Palomar SPA

Festivals & Awards:

Venice IFF (2022), IDFA (2022), Festival de Sevilla (2022), Chicago IFF (2022), Belfast FF (2022), IFF Gent (2022)