Marianne & Leonard
Words of Love  


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



“Marianne & Leonard as much poetry as documentary — it’s a gentle, rhapsodic film, an emotional change of pace for its director and a moving portrait of a love that still resonates.” 

“This is a vivid evocation of the “free love” period and a testimony to an enduring, if difficult affection between two people who never forgot the love they once shared.” – THE TIMES

Charts the friendship, love affairs and off-on relationship between these two, which resulted in broken hearts, cold shoulders and several unbelievably beautiful songs

Unmissable” – ROLLING STONE

It packs an emotional punch” – LITTLE WHITE LIES

A well-researched and documented look into the deeply personal and spiritual relationship of Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen” – HOLLWOOD GLEE

Arguably his most personal film to date” – ROGER EBERT

Nick Broomfield’s film is beautiful testament to their unique relationship and the unique place on which it formed” – ROGER EBERT

A twisty network of amorous, creative and, at this point, historical impulses drive Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love” – THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

The doc swells with wonderful archival footage that immerses you in the hedonistic environment

“[An] illustration of the twists and turns of a complicated relationship that produced some of the gifted songwriter’s most indelible songs” – MY SAN ANTONIO

“Cried all through Nick Broomfield’s gorgeous #LeonardCohen doc Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love then Broomfield cried through the Q&A so basically everyone’s a mess #Sundance19”  - Leah Greenblatt (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - Twitter)

“MARIANNE AND LEONARD: As a huge fan of both of them, this is an easy sell for me but I was even more moved in the end than I expected”
– Brian Tallerico (ROGEREBERT.COM – Twitter)

“Nick Broomfield’s film is beautiful testament to their unique relationship and the unique place on which it formed” – Brian Tallerico (ROGEREBERT.COM)

Challenges the ideal of a subservient and willing muse, approaching the cliché with a healthy dose of realism” – FLOOD MAGAZINE

Broomfield conveys the relative purity of the Leonard-Marianne bond” – FLOOD MAGAZINE

Left audiences in tears” – FILM THREAT

A powerful love story that spans decades” – FILM THREAT

Unmissable” – GEEK FEUD

:star::star::star::star: - RADIO TIMES

“A superb documentary and a great love story” – RADIO TIMES 

“Will bring tears to the eyes of anyone ever touched by Leonard Cohen’s music” – RADIO TIMES 

“Intimate and unflinching, as thoughtful and caring as its subject." – HEY U GUYS

“Leonard Cohen receives a fresh and honest new take on the songs that made him famous and the relationships that helped him write them.” -  HEY U GUYS 

"Beautiful and quite extraordinary.  I want to see it again – and again and again." – MATURE TIMES 

:star::star::star::star: - TOTAL FILM



  •  22/11/2019 EYE Cinema 2,Time: 22:00
  • 24/11/2019 Kleine Komedie, Time: 15:15
  • 29/11/2019 Tuschinski 6, Time: 21:45

Genre: Theatrical, Non-Fiction

Sub Genre: Biopic Documentary, Arts & Culture, True Story, Music, Documentary

Year of Production: 2019

Running Time: 1 x 97-minutes

Available in HD: Yes