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

Hallelujah: It Goes Like This is a cinematic biography of a song.  Now embedded into the collective unconscious on a global level, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah had inauspicious beginings as a record-label reject before an unlikely serious of events catapulted it into a place marker in history - a revered piece of music simultaneously intimate, mysterious, elegiac and hopeful, a haunting totem re-interpreted by hundreds of artists and relied upon to commemorate profound moments of tragedy and connection.

Approved by Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2015, this feature-length documentary is a definitive exploration of Leonard Cohen’s internationally beloved anthem. The film will follow the song’s dramatic journey as well as provide moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom Hallelujah has become a personal touchtone.

A wealth of original interviews and rare and never-seen-before archival material will cover Cohen’s life up to and around years-long period when he struggled to write and re-write Hallelujah, as well as the pivotal moments behind the seminal covers by John Cale, Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright and others that show not only the song's power as a musical Rorschach test through which artists bare their souls - but also the lyrical and interpretive changes the song itself has undergone over time. A diverse group of artists unpack their experiences with Hallelujah - Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Judy Collins, Glen Hansard, Myles Kennedy, kd lang, Kate McKinnon, Sharon Robinson, and Regina Spektor reveal their intimate thoughts on spirituality, sexuality, politics, love and loss through their experience with the song.

Hallelujah: It Goes Like This offers a chance to examine how music actually works in the world—the ways it permeates a culture and expands over time, the different reasons that people respond to a song at different moments. With Hallelujah’s powerful essence, stirring backstory, and intentional, convenient ambiguities, the song in all its aspects offers new and far-reaching possibilities for revealing how we experience music.



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