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Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love Unclassified 18+

Director: Nick Broomfield Country: UK (2019)
Language: English

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Veteran British documentary-maker Nick Broomfield offers a highly personal view on the enduring love affair between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen that resulted in some of Cohen’s most iconic songs. 

The Greek island of Hydra was a mid-century bohemian haven for expat writers, artists and musicians. There, in 1960, a depressed Canadian poet and aspiring novelist named Leonard Cohen met Norwegian woman Marianne Ihlen. Marianne inspired Leonard to set his words of love to music; but as his famous song So Long, Marianne suggests, she appeared most powerfully in his rear-vision mirror.

Acclaimed documentarian Broomfield has a personal connection to his subject: he, too, found his way to Hydra and was beguiled by Ihlen. His film, like Cohen’s music, seeks to capture the enduring but evanescent properties of memory. It slips back and forth in time, weaving archival footage of idyllic Hydra with captivating scenes of Cohen in concert and affectionate interviews with those who knew him best.

Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love is gentle and profoundly moving: an elegy to a lost decade of free love, and an ambivalent meditation on the figure of the muse.

“A thoughtful musing on the passing of time, of lovers past and gone … packs an emotional punch.” – Little White Lies

Tickets

1260
Tue 06 Aug 1:45 pm [1260]
Forum Theatre Wheelchair Access
Past event
2410
Fri 09 Aug 1:00 pm [2410]
The Capitol Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
2461
Sat 10 Aug 11:00 am [2461]
The Capitol Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Director
Nick Broomfield
Producers
Kyle Gibbon, Lisa Savage, Marc Hoeferlin, Shani Hinton
Cinematographer
Barney Broomfield
Editor
Marc Hoeferlin
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
Distributor: Universal Home Ent.

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