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MSPIFF // Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love


Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love is renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield's most personal and romantic film of his storied career. The documentary starts on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen, then a struggling and unknown fiction writer, and Marianne Ihlen, a single mother with a young son, became part of community of expat artists, writers, and musicians. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960's bohemia. It was a time that left a lasting imprint on both Marianne and Leonard, whose friendship would last another fifty years before their deaths in 2016.

Nick Broomfield is an award winning filmmaker who studied Law at Cardiff, and Political Science at Essex University before going on to study Film at the National Film School. He has been making films for over 45 years and is known for Soldier Girls (1981), Kurt & Courtney (1998), Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2003), Tales of the Grim Sleeper (2014), Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017), among many others.


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