Constructed around a 2005 tribute performance at Sydney's Opera House, this is a celebratory mix of concert and documentary. Includes appearances by Cohen, Bono, Nick Cave and Beth Orton.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2007
Constructed around a 2005 tribute performance at Sydney’s Opera House, Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man is a celebratory mix of concert and documentary. Since bursting onto the scene in 1967, Cohen has inspired generations with his unique personality and haunting music, becoming one of the most original and enduring artists to emerge from the 1960s. He has influenced performers from Nick Cave to Rufus Wainright and Bono, each of whom make an impassioned and thrilling appearance here to celebrate Cohen’s 70th birthday.
“As musical guests cover Cohen songs – highlights include Rufus Wainwright on “Hallelujah”, Nick Cave on “Suzanne” and Beth Orton and Jarvis Cocker on “Death of a Ladies Man” – the film cuts in interviews with Cohen interpreting his songs and telling of adventures that took him from New York clubs to a Zen monastery on California’s Mount Baldy. It’s only at the end that Cohen, joined by Bono and the Edge, raises his own voice on “Tower of Song”. It’s enough to send fans and converts alike to the Cohen library for more of the master himself.” — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone