6.9/10 (IMDB)

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song

1h 55m Biography | Documentary | Music
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song


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 2015, 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.


Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine


Leonard Cohen, Nancy Bacal, Steve Berkowitz






United States



Main Trailer


  • "Does the film explain HALLELUJAH? Of course not – the song stubbornly resists explanation, because it’s so many different things and because there’s a beautiful mystery at its heart. Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song is smart enough to embrace that mystery and that beauty, and to know that there’s far more to Cohen than can be summed up in four, or seven, or even 150 verses."
    - TheWrap
  • "There's totally an audience for a music doc this rich (though it could use a catchier title), one about how a quiet artist, without planning to, created a song heard round the world."
    - Variety
  • "A densely detailed biography of the Canadian poet, singer and songwriter that was directed by Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller, this majestic, almost symphonic documentary is also a chronicle of the singular song Cohen wrote."
    - Wall Street Journal


  • Venice Film Festival
  • Vienna Int'l Film Festival
  • Int'l Documentary Festival Amsterdam
  • Telluride Film Festival
  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • Film Fest Gent