I'M YOUR MAN
Documentary by Lian Lunson
World Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2005
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"The film I am making is a documentary that will honor and pay tribute to Leonard Cohen. It's titled Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man.|
I filmed the Came So Far For Beauty show produced by Hal Willner at the Sydney Opera House in January 2005. All those great performances by Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Jarvis Cocker,
Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Antony, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Beth Orton and the Handsome Family
are included in the film."
The film was released in September 2005 by Lions Gate films along with the Sundance Channel.
Leonard Cohen with Bono of U2 in New York (May 20, 2005)
"The shoot I did in New York on May 20, 2005, was with U2 who will perform with Leonard in the film!
- Lian Lunson
Review written by Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic:
[...] Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, a glorious mix of documentary and concert film, shows just how timeless his music, and words, are. Intercutting interviews and archival footage with performances from a tribute concert held in Sydney in early 2005, the movie captures the elegance, wit, spiritual longing and deep hum-ability of Cohen's work.
Rufus Wainwright, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Nick Cave and the falsetto-crazy Antony are among the stars who sing. U2's Bono and The Edge chime in with backstage praise. And Cohen, raking over his past and his present, reflects. Like his songs, Cohen's interview borders on the pretentious but never gets there - ably deflated by irony and self-deprecation.
The Sydney Opera House concert was produced by the great Hal Willner, the film was directed by Lian Lunson. It's a gem.
DETAILS: Running time: 1 hour, 38 mins. Directed by Lian Lunson, concert produced by Hal Willner. With Leonard Cohen, Rufus Wainwright, Beth Orton, Nick Cave, Bono, Antony and others.
Photos © 2005 Lian Lunson. Used here with permission.