Marianne & Leonard: Words Of Love

Directed by Nick Broomfield
Country:
USA
Year:
2018
Certificate:
15A

“... Nick Broomfield’s fine film gives Marianne Ihlen equal billing, and suggests that if not for her, we might not have got to hear all of Leonard’s wonderful songs. ” The Irish Independent

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love follows the beautiful yet tragic love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. 

Their love story began on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in 1960 as part of a bohemian community of foreign artists, writers and musicians. The film follows their relationship from these early days on Hydra, a humble time of ‘free love’ and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician. 

It was on Hydra in 1968 that director Nick Broomfield, then aged 20, first met Marianne Ihlen. Marianne introduced him to Leonard Cohen’s music and also encouraged Nick to make his first film and was an enormous influence on him. Marianne and Leonard's was a love story that would continue for the rest of their lives. Along the way we learn of the tragedy that befell those that could not survive the beauty of Hydra, the highs and lows of Leonard’s career, and the inspirational power that Marianne possessed. 

Marianne and Leonard died three months apart. 

Interested in screening this film?

  • Available on DCP Format: From September 2019
  • Available on DVD/Bluray Format: From October 2019