Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

An in-depth look at the relationship between the late musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.

The film explores the musician’s relationship with his muse, Marianne Ihlen documenting the pair’s initial meeting on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960 and their life in a bohemian community. The trailer also features an excerpt from a letter Cohen wrote to Ihlen just before her death, in which he said: “Dearest Marianne, I’m just a little behind you – close enough to take your hand.”

Nick Broomfield (Whitney: Can I Be Me, Kurt & Courtney) directed Marianne & Leonard, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Featuring unseen footage captured by both Broomfield and the filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker.

Last year, Cohen’s son Adam confirmed he was working on an unfinished collection of songs by his father. “I was tasked with finishing a few more songs of his that we started together on the last album, so his voice is literally still in my life,” Adam, who is also a producer, said. “It’s a bizarre and delicious entanglement.” He added that the tone of the material “resembles his older work, something more romantic.” A release date for the posthumous album has yet to be announced.

Arriving in cinemas on July 5.