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  • Date2017
  • Mediaarchival film, video
  • Duration35 minutes

Commissioned by the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, The Offerings provides a unique passage into the creative mind of Leonard Cohen. Presented in a darkened room, the piece forms an immersive environment where Cohen's singular voice engages participants in an intimate conversation. On multiple screens, images of Cohen sourced from decades of archival material construct a composite portrait of the artist as he muses on a variety of subjects ranging from his personal writing practice to universal themes of love, humility and spirituality. Issuing from a life of observation and introspection, these offerings present Cohen in his own words and invite visitors to spend time in his contemplative world.

Archival material courtesy of:
Leonard Cohen Estate, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, National Film Board of Canada, University of Toronto Libraries, Tony Palmer (Bird on a Wire, 1974), Sony Music, Sony ATV, Hazel Field, Dominique Issermann, Stina Lundberg Dabrowski, Bell Media, DR-Danish Broadcasting Corp., Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, CBC Still Photo Collection/Michael Reichmann, Ronald Diamond, Library and Archives Canada, Arnaud Maggs (Leonard Cohen, c. 1972 – 1977 © The Estate of Arnaud Maggs / SODRAC, 2017), Pond5, Pete Purnell, Alexander W. Thomas, Larry Weinstein Productions (A Moving Picture, 1987, dir. Jurgen Lutz), Wikimedia Commons/ Rama, Cc-by-sa-2.0-fr, Armand Zadikian

Production Details
  • director/editor Kara Blake
  • translator Robert Paquin
  • colorist Francis Hanneman
  • sound mix Steve Bates
  • production assistance Alexandre Larose, Becky Blake, Marites Carino
Select Screenings
  • Leonard Cohen: Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack In Everything Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Nov 09 2017 - April 09 2018
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