Opening at The Ross on Friday, August 16, MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE is an absorbing glimpse of a fascinating chapter of its subjects' lives. Love stories are like Tolstoy's unhappy families: no two of them are alike. But even given that, the relationship chronicled in “MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE” has a quality very much its own. –Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times [The movie’s] lasting impression is of Marianne, whose vitality springs off the screen, and the film is ultimately an impossibly heartfelt portrait of this woman, and her impossible relationship with a brilliant man. –Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service It's an entertaining flashback to an always-diverting countercultural epoch, with a touching footnote of a semi-famous love story at its center. –Dennis Harvey, Variety MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, August 16 through Thursday, August 22. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association of America has rated MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE R (for some drug material, sexual references, and brief nudity). This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. 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.