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SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN

by Malik Bendjelloul

synopsis

A musician is discovered In a Detroit bar in the late 60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics. They record an album which they believe is going to secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombs and the singer disappears into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording finds its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, it becomes a phenomenon. Two South African fans then set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Sixto Rodriguez. This is a film about hope, inspiration and the power of music.

international title: Searching for Sugar Man
original title: Searching for Sugar Man
country: Sweden, United Kingdom
sales agent: Protagonist Pictures
year: 2012
genre: documentary
directed by: Malik Bendjelloul
film run: 85'
release date: GB 26/07/2012, IE 27/07/2012, DK 03/10/2012, NL 20/12/2012, FR 26/12/2012, DE 27/12/2012, PL 22/02/2013, ES 22/02/2013
screenplay: Malik Bendjelloul
cinematography by: Camilla Skagerström
film editing: Malik Bendjelloul
music: Sixto Rodriguez
producer: Simon Chinn
co-producer: Nicole Stott, George Chignell
production: Red Box Films, Canfield Pictures AB, Passion Pictures
backing: MEDIA Programme
distributor: StudioCanal, A-Film Distribution, Rapid Eye Movies, ARP Sélection, Gutek Films, Avalon

main awards/selection

BAFTA 2013 Best Documentary
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