Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
“I wrote this song for Marianne, I hope she's here,” said Cohen at the 1970 Isle of Wight music festival. The couple met on the bohemian island of Hydra in 1960, when Cohen was a struggling poet-writer and Norwegian Marianne Ihlen a single mother recovering from an unhappy marriage. Cohen eventually left to pursue his writing career, and by chance to become a musician. Their relationship ebbed and flowed over successive decades. The documentary traces Cohen's career and their love story, using wonderful archival footage and interviews, to the bittersweet end. Pertinently, director Nick Broomfield (Whitney: Can I Be Me, SFF 2017) met Marianne on Hydra in 1968, and she inspired him to make his first film.Flexipasses are not valid for Back by Popular Demand sessions Monday 17 June to Wednesday 19 June.