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Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
Director: Nicholas Broomfield

USA, 2019, documentary, musical, 96 min., English with Lithuanian subtitles, N-13

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 make for a unique portrait of an 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 in 2016.

About the director

Nicholas Broomfield (born 1948) is an English documentary film director. His self-reflexive style has been regarded as influential to many later filmmakers. In the early 21st century, he began to use non-actors in scripted works, which he calls "Direct Cinema". Broomfield generally works with a minimal crew, recording sound himself and using one or two camera operators. He is often seen in the finished film, usually holding the sound boom and wearing the Nagra tape recorder.

Producer: Nick Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin, Shani Hinton, Kyle Gibbon