A Red Box Films/Passion Pictures Production in association with Canfield Pictures and The Documentary Company
Premiere: Sundance Film Festival 2012 - as the opening film
AWARDS: Winner: Academy Award Best Documentary 2013 | Winner: BAFTA Best Documentary Award 2013 | Winner: Sundance Special Jury Award 2012 | Winner: Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival 2012 | PLUS: thirty international awards including: Audience Awards at the Los Angeles, Durban and Melbourne Film Festivals, the Grand Jury Prize at the Moscow Film Festival, as well as the PGA, DGA, NBR and Critics Circle Awards 2013.
Malik Benjelloul | Simon Chinn
George Chignell | Nicole Stott
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.
“…probes the depths of the improbable...With the tale of the bewildering and poignant resurrection of rodriguez...A compellingly complex portrait of a talent whom time had forgotten."
“...the story…may be the most fantastic to come out of the Motown era.”
“…one of those rare stories that are so improbable they can only be true...One of the most impsiring stories i hae seen in a while …malik bendjelloul does a beautiful job building suspense."
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"…a winning musical detective story...Intriguing...Uplifting...One thing is certain: recordings out of print stateside nearly 40 years won't remain so much longer."
“...a born crowd-pleaser whose central mystery begets a great triumph of grace and modesty...A hugely entertaining, emotionally touching, and musically revelatory experience."
"...this is a character study that goes well beyond traditional hagiography; framed as a mystery that spools itself into a story of working class triumph, 'searching for sugar man' soars as cinema."
“...one of the most joyous moments in a cinema this year. A treasure hunt of a movie that repays in musical gold.”
“…Searching for Sugar Man is a head-spinning, signpost-turning, psyche-twirling treat: a music-culture cinderella story to beat them all.”