Sundance: Roadside Attractions Picks Up Leonard Cohen Doc 'Marianne & Leonard'

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'Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love'

Nick Broomfield is behind the feature that screened in the Documentary Premieres section of the fest.

Roadside Attractions has picked up North American rights to the Leonard Cohen documentary Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love.

Nick Broomfield is behind the pic, which screened in the Documentary Premieres section of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It follows the love story between legendary Canadian folk singer Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen. Beginning on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Cohen and Ihlen met, the doc features never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and documentarian D.A. Pennebaker, with the former meeting Cohen and Ihlen on the island.

“Making this film was like coming full circle,” said Broomfield. “It is D.A. Pennebaker’s unseen footage of Marianne, shot on Hydra all those years ago, that we found in a vault, that is used in the film. D.A. Pennebaker, Marianne and Leonard have remained the greatest of influences, and it was a privilege to make this film.”   

“Any Leonard Cohen fan can tell you that there’s something profoundly romantic about his music,” said Roadside co-founders Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff, who made Thursday's announcement. “While it’s hard to know what inspires great art, the extraordinary love story between Marianne and Leonard comes to life in Nick’s film in a way that will inspire everyone who sees it.”

Broomfield produced the movie, along with Marc Hoeferlin, Shani Hinton and Kyle Gibbon. Charles Finch, Patrick Holland, Cassian Elwes, Lisa Savage, Jan Christian Mollestad, Tony Palmer, and Rudi Dolezal executive produced. 

Kew Media Distribution, which has worldwide rights to Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.