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Film fest presents ‘Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song’

Originally Published: August 3, 2022 12:30 a.m.

The Sedona International Film Festival presents the Northern Arizona premiere of the award-winning and inspiring documentary “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song” showing Aug. 5-11 at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song” is a definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, “Hallelujah.”

This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: The songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone.

Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage, and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews.

“There is a religious Hallelujah, but there are many other ones. When one looks at the world, there’s only one thing to say, and it’s Hallelujah. That’s the way it is.” — Leonard Cohen

In addition to Leonard Cohen himself, “Hallelujah” features an all-star cast including Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Brandi Carlile, Jeff Buckley, John Cale, Eric Church, Sharon Robinson and Rufus Wainwright, among others.

Showtimes will be 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Aug. 5, 6, 7 and 8; and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 9, 10 and 11.

Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: SedonaFilmFestival.org.