Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song

    • Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine
    • United States
    • 2021
    • 115 min
    • Dutch Premiere
    • Best of Fests

    “People have been singing Hallelujah for thousands of years, to confirm our little journey here,” says the legendary Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen at the beginning of this portrait, which centers on his best-known and most-covered song, “Hallelujah.” The film is made up of previously unseen archive material from concerts, radio and TV interviews with Cohen himself, and conversations with people who played an important role in his life and the (re)creation of the song.

    The various chapters are devoted to the development of Cohen’s career and the origins of “Hallelujah.” Cohen worked on the song for seven years, eventually putting more than 150 verses on paper. Due to an uncooperative record label boss, the song quietly flopped when it was originally released. But covers by a long line of other artists—like the legendary version by Jeff Buckley and the rendition by Rufus Wainwright for the soundtrack of the animated movie Shrek—rightly revived the song in all its glory.


    • 115 min
    • color
    • DCP
    • Spoken languages: English
    • Subtitles in: Not applicable
    Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine
    Dan Geller / Geller / Goldfine Productions, Dayna Goldfine / Geller / Goldfine Productions
    Executive producer
    Jonathan Dana, Morgan Neville, Michael Drews, Robin Sagon
    Dan Geller
    Dayna Goldfine

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    Dutch Premiere
    Best of Fests

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