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
USA, 2019, 102 min
A powerful time capsule of longing and desire.
Little White Lies
Cohen did many wrong things, and one of the strengths of Broomfield's documentary is that it does not shy away from the dark side of hedonism and free love.
Using personal photos and brief snatches of home-video footage, [Broomfield] has tenderly delved into the Leonard-Marianne relationship and assembled one of his most poetic, beguiling films.
Love stories are like Tolstoy's unhappy families: no two of them are alike. But even given that, the relationship chronicled in "Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love" has a quality very much its own.
Los Angeles Times