New Leonard Cohen documentary will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival

The new film will explore the Canadian musician's relationship with his muse, Marianne Ihlen.
New Leonard Cohen documentary will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. (Evening Standard)

This week, the 2019 Sundance Film Festival announced its full features lineup and a brand new Leonard Cohen documentary will have its world premiere there.

Titled Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, the film, which was directed by Nick Broomfield (Whitney: Can I Be Me, Kurt & Courney), will follow the story of the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter and his famous muse, Marianne Ihlen. As the press release notes, it will detail 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."

Ihlen was Cohen's girlfriend for several years in the '60s and inspired many songs on his first two albums, Songs of Leonard Cohen and Songs From a Room. Most famously, she was the subject of Cohen's 1967 song, "So Long, Marianne".

Ihlen died in July 2016. Two days before her death, Cohen sent her a letter where he tells her, "Our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon." Cohen died on Nov. 7, 2016.

The Sundance Film Festival will take place from Jan. 24 - Feb. 3.


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