29 Nov 2018


On the heels of Nick Broomfield’s new documentary Marianne & Leonard - Words of Love being selected to world premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, Kew Media Distribution, a leading global distributor and part of Kew Media Group, has acquired worldwide sales rights to the film.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Nick Broomfield (‘WHITNEY, CAN I BE ME,’ ‘KURT & COURTNEY’), Marianne & Leonard - Words of Love is a story of enduring love between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. The film follows their relationship from the early days in Greece, a time of ‘free love’ and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician. 

Broomfield (who is celebrating 50 years of filmmaking in 2019) produced the film through his Lafayette Films production banner with Marc Hoeferlin, Shani Hinton and Kyle Gibbon.

It was revealed yesterday that Marianne & Leonard - Words of Love will be screening in the Documentary Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival, where distributors will be able to see the film for the first time.

Kew’s Jonathan Ford said, “Nick really creates cinema artistry around a story that is dear to him, and will undoubtedly find its way into the hearts of audiences. The Sundance premiere will be electric and we know this is just the beginning of a long, celebrated life for this film.”

Nick Broomfield is represented by Finch & Partners and John Burnham at ICM.


About the film:


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 love 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. Marianne 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. In later life when Marianne lay dying, Leonard himself old and sick wrote to Marianne. “Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine, I've always loved you for your beauty and for your wisdom, but I don't need to say anything more about that. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road." 

Marianne and Leonard died three months apart.

In addition to Marianne & Leonard, Kew Media Distribution’s impressive sales slate includes the drama AGATHA AND THE NIGHTINGALE’S CRY; CHAKA KHAN: KEEP ON HOLDIN’ ON; the hot button documentary DIVIDE AND CONQUER: THE STORY OF ROGER AILES; documentary on music icon Prince - MR NELSON: ON THE NORTH SIDE; “2067” - the elevated climate fiction movie telling the story of humanity’s last attempt at saving mankind, from Award-winning filmmaker Seth Larney; documentary OWN THE SKY, which delves into one man’s relentless obsession of the tantalizing potential of self flight, climaxing with the world’s first Jet Pack flight around the Statue of Liberty; LONG LIVE ROCK…CELEBRATE THE CHAOS, a deep dive into the fandom of this often misunderstood but beloved genre of music, as artists share why they’ve dedicated their lives to rock and discuss the unique relationship they have with their fans; and MARGARET ATWOOD: ENCOUNTERS, an intimate and revelatory film by Nancy Lang & Peter Raymont, executive produced by Peter Pearson, that follows Atwood and her partner, author & activist Graeme Gibson, pursuing their eclectic passions.

About Kew Media Distribution

Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group, produces and acquires more than 1,000 hours of new multi-genre content every year and distributes a diverse catalogue of film, television and digital assets to broadcasters and viewing platforms across the world. Kew Media Distribution manages international rights to a library of over 10,000 hours of TV and digital content, including major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series.


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