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    Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Documentary ‘Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song’

    Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all rights to Dan Geller and Dena Goldfine in all media around the world except in France and Germany.Hallelujah: Leonard CohenA journey, a song. The feature documentary is fresh from its Labor Day premiere, earning critical acclaim at the Venice and Telluride film festivals. The film will be released in North American theaters in 2022.

    Inspired by the book The Holy or the Broken: The Unlikely Ascent of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and Alan Light, the documentary was produced and directed by Emmy Award winners Geller and Goldfine (The Galapagos Affair, Ballets Russia) and executive produced. With longtime Geller/Goldfine collaborator Jonathan Dana and Academy Award® winners Morgan Neville, Michael Drews and Robin Sagan. The late Hal Willner served as music producer, with John Lissauer providing an original score.

    Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song explores legendary poet and singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen through the lens of his most famous and certainly most covered work, the hymn “Hallelujah”.

    Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film is a deep exploration of Cohen’s transcendental “Hallelujah” from the origins, its poor initial reception, its revival, and its impact on other cast members. Has become one of the most recognizable and lioness songs of all time. The result is a new perspective on one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

    The documentary includes interviews with Rufus Wainwright, Brandi Carlyle, Judy Collins, Regina Spektor, Amanda Palmer and Eric Church, who have recorded and performed their own versions of “Hallelujah”. Other interviewees include Leonard’s longtime artistic collaborator Sharon Robinson; John Lissauer, creator and arranger of the original version of “Hallelujah”; record industry veteran Clive Davis; and Larry “Ratso” Sloman, author, ex-Rolling Stone reporter, and longtime interviewer of Leonard Cohen, who shared never-before-heard, unedited tapes of recorded interviews with Cohen between 1974 and 2005.

    Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song features previously unseen personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage, and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews, all made available exclusively to filmmakers by the Leonard Cohen Family Trust went. The film is the story of a song and a man, who are intertwined with each other.

    Sony Pictures Classics said, “We saw this film from moment one. Hallelujah is one of the great musical films about a song and a supreme artist, beautifully brought to the screen by Dan and Daya. Every. Local audiences will love this film and adopt it.”

    “From the beginning, our vision for Hallelujah has been focused on a consistent worldwide theatrical release and so this partnership with Sony Pictures Classics has been a dream come true. We know the SPC team has the power to make Hallelujah a success, and Leonard Cohen’s work to do so.” They have the resources and talent to foster a one-of-a-kind global cultural conversation about the richness of the spiritual journey and the epic story of their most beloved song. We couldn’t be happier,” said Geller and Goldfine.

    The deal was negotiated between Sony Pictures Classics and Dogwoof, who previously worked together on The Lost Leonardo, which released in theaters earlier this year, as well as the 2019 documentary Madden.

    Geller & Goldfine is represented by Paul Meyerson of Surpin, Meyerson & Coghill, LLP.

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