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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

Out of Competition

Director:
Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine
Production:
Geller/Goldfine Productions (Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine)
Running Time:
115’
Language:
English
Country:
USA
Main Cast:
Leonard Cohen, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Judy Collins, Dominique Issermann, John Lissauer, Sharon Robinson, Larry “Ratso” Sloman, Rufus Wainwright, Hal Willner
Cinematographer:
Daniel Geller
Editor:
Dayna Goldfine, Bill Weber, Daniel Geller
Music:
John Lissauer

Synopsis

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song is a definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, Hallelujah. This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times. The song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit. And moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom Hallelujah has become a personal touchstone. Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews.

Directors’ Statement

This project began as an exploration of Hallelujah and its international impact. When we started filming in 2016, our focus was the people who had been involved with recording and singing the song. Those initial interviews proved we were on to an entertaining story, but they also illuminated something deeper about Hallelujah and the man who wrote it. So, we expanded our reach to include Leonard Cohen’s intimates—his spiritual counselors, his longtime friends and collaborators, his intellectual sparring partners. These interviewees speak in depth about Cohen’s lifelong focus on the human condition, allowing our film to explore the deepest questions about faith and the psychological constructs that serve to both support and obstruct us throughout our lives, or as Leonard Cohen would call it “the broken Hallelujah.”

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine – Geller/Goldfine Productions
930 Pierce Street
CA 94115 – San Francisco, United States of America
Tel. +1 415 440 3301
info@gellergoldfine.com
http://www.gellergoldfine.com

WORLD SALES: Ana Vicente – Dogwoof
19-23 Ironmonger Row
EC1V 3QN – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 2072536244
sales@dogwoof.com
http://www.dogwoofsales.com

PRESS OFFICE: Claudia Tomassini, Anne Takahashi – Claudia Tomassini & Associates
Tel. +49 173295594
claudia@claudiatomassini.com
anne@claudiatomassini.com

US PRESS OFFICE: Courtney Ott – Cinetic Media
courtney@cineticmedia.com


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