As part of the UK-Russia Year of Music project 2019, realized by The UK Embassy in Moscow, with the assistance of the British Council.

Four-time Grammy Award winner, writer, poet, Montrealer of Jewish descent, beautiful loser, Zen Buddhist monk and one of the most influential people in the history of music. All this is about Leonard Cohen, whose recognizable timbre and profound lyrics worthily won hundreds of thousands of fans all around the world from the 1960s until the death of Cohen in November 2016.

This year, September 21, is the 85th anniversary of the musician’s birthday. And the story of one of his most famous songs comes to life on the big screen:
So long, Marianne ...

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield’s (Biggie and Tupac, 2002; Kurt & Courtney, 1998; Whitney: Can I Be Me, 2017) most personal and romantic film of his storied career. 

The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of community of expat artists, writers and musicians. 

Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960’s bohemia. 

Original Sound. Russian Subtitles
Nick Broomfield
Documentary, music
USA, 2019, 102 min

Ник Брумфилд
Nick Broomfield
Director, Producer
Born in 1948. He gained higher-level education at University College Cardiff (law), and the University of Essex (poitical science). Studied film at the National Film and Television School in London. Professor Colin Young had a great influence on  Broomfield's work, and also it was he who make his acquaintance with Joan Churchill, future co-author of such Nick's worsk as: Juvenile Liaison, Tattooed Tears, Soldier Girls, Lily Tomlin, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer.

Broomfield became known for this self-reflective film-making style: making films that were also about the making itself as well as the ostensible subject ((Whitney: Can I Be Me?, Biggie and Tupac and Kurt & Courtney). His influence on documentary could be seen by the work of younger filmmakers in the first decade of the 21st century.

Nick Broomfield is a award-winning director: BAFTA, Prix Italia, The Dupont Columbia Award for Outstanding Journalism, Sundance Film Festival, John Grierson Award, The Hague Peace Prize etc.

In 2019 Nick Broomfield celebrates his 50th anniversary in filmmaking.