From the filmmaker that brought the world Kurt & Courtney and Whitney: Can I Be Me, Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love finds Nick Broomfield inviting audiences into the world of Leonard Cohen and his muse of a girlfriend Marianne Ihlen.
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love showcases the twists and turns of love Cohen found on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where met the single mother while working as a struggling fiction writer. Their passion and adoration for one another not only inspired Cohen’s future work as a musician, but also allowed Ihlen to live a life full of love.
From Roadside Attractions, the documentary is produced by Broomfield alongside Marc Hoeferlin, Shani Hilton and Kyle Gibbon.
Featuring never-before-seen footage from Broomfield, as well as documentarian D.A. Pennebaker, the documentary also paints a picture of what ’60s bohemia was like. The couple’s idyllic life on Hydra was interrupted by Cohen’s newfound fame as a singer and his irreverent search for the out-of-reach, but inviting something greater in life. The documentary captures their seven-year-long romance, as well as how their connection transpired into a decades-long friendship that would last until their deaths in 2016.
“I’m trying to learn some things about love,” Cohen says in the trailer. “When your woman becomes her own content, and you become her content, that’s love.”
Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is in select theaters July 5.
See the film’s trailer and poster below, and listen to a Cohen performance from the Paste archives further down.