Leonard Cohen bio-pic series to film in Norway, Canada, and Greece

The new series stars Alex Wolff as the famed singer and poet

By Gabriella Geisinger 13 Apr 2023

Leonard Cohen bio-pic series to film in Norway, Canada, and Greece

So Long, Marianne tells the legendary love story of Canadian singer and poet Leonard Cohen (played by Alex Wolff), and his muse Marianne Ihlen (Thea Sofie Loch Næss). 

Principal photography began on March 24, and it is shooting in multiple locations including the Greek island of Hydra, Oslo in Norway, and Montreal in Canada
Set in some of the most beautiful places during the 1960s, So Long, Marianne is an intimate tale of two, lonely people falling in love, during a period of their life when they are trying to figure out who they are and their place in the world, while one is becoming one of the most famous singers of all time. 
Their story crosses the world, travelling from Oslo to Hydra; New York and Montreal, with the majority of the series set on the picturesque Greek island of Hydra where they lived during the 1960s. There, they joined legendary Australian novelists Charmian Clift and her husband George Johnston, the matriarch and patriarch of a bohemian group of writers, artists, poets, and outcasts who were exploring a new world of free love, drugs, and artistic freedom, but also experiencing the rivalries and jealousy that accompanied their intense, interwoven lives. 
Marianne Furevold-Boland, Head of Drama, NRK said: “Øystein Karlsen has shown in his previous projects that he can create original dramas that are both exciting and emotional. We believe this project has the potential to become a timeless drama with a universal appeal—it is about life and the pursuit of happiness.”
“As Crave continues to expand its output of original content in both English and French, we’re excited to be part of this unique co-production opportunity and lean into the strengths of our international partners to deliver stories that translate, and resonate around the world,” said Justin Stockman, Vice-President, English Content Development & Programming at Bell Media.
So Long, Marianne is co-produced by Letters From Leonard, Tanweer Productions, and Connect3. The Executive Producers are Ales Ree for NRK, Richard Tulk-Hart and Tony Wood, Vegard Stenberg Eriksen and Ingeborg Klyve for Redpoint Productions, Dionyssis Samiotis and Nancy Kokolaki for Tanweer Productions, and André Barro and Pablo Salzman for Connect3. Cineflix Rights is distributing the series globally. 

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