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Searching for Sugar Man

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Original title
Searching for Sugar Man
Running time
87 min.
Sweden Sweden
Malik Bendjelloul
Sixto Rodríguez
Camilla Skagerström
Co-production Sweden-United Kingdom; Sony Pictures Classics / Red Box Films / Canfield Pictures / Passion Pictures
Documentary | Music Documentary
Synopsis / Plot
Two South Africans set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero, the mysterious 1970s rock 'n' roller, American Sixto Rodriguez. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN tells the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest '70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late '60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who 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 Rodriguez.
2012: Academy Awards: Oscar Best Documentary
2012: BAFTA Awards: Best Documentary
2012: Guldbagge Awards (Sweden): Best Documentary. 6 Nominations
2012: Sundance Film Festival: Audience Award (Best Documentary - World Cinema)
2012: Satellite Awards: Nominated for Best Documentary Film
2012: National Board of Review (NBR): Best Documentary
2012: Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: Runner Up for Best Documentary
2012: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best Documentary
2012: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director / Documentary
2012: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Documentary Screenplay
2012: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Documentary
2012: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Nom. mejor película intern. independiente
2013: European Film Awards: Nominated for Audience Award
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