Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Dir. Nick Broomfield | 97 min
Documentary United States 2019
EnglishNorwegian with English Subtitles East Coast Premiere

Thursday, May 1611:15 PM AFI Silver Theatre

Renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield’s most personal and romantic film to date captures the beautiful, yet tragic, love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen. In 1960, on the Greek island of Hydra, Leonard—then a struggling and unknown fiction writer—and Marianne—a single mother with a young son—joined an expat community of artists, writers and musicians.

Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait of this idyllic 1960’s bohemia. It was a time that left a lasting imprint on both Marianne and Leonard, whose friendship would last another fifty years before their deaths just months apart in 2016.


Festivals and Awards

  • 2019, Sundance Film Festival


  • 'Marianne & Leonard' as much poetry as documentaryThe Wrap

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Tier A

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