Sweden, Great Britain 2012
directed by: Malik Bendjelloul
An exciting story about the search for evidence of one legend’s authenticity and a journey into the unknown. The dramatic composition of a suspenseful cinematic thriller is enriched by subtle yet profound layers, which are seamlessly interwoven into the narrative. SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN is a fascinating documentary about a miracle, a testimony to the power of poetry, a story about a prophet who found his place, a fairy tale about an outcast who is summoned back from nonexistence! The wonders of this story bear witness to the incredible connections between Africa and America.
This film is one of the greatest festival and theater successes in the history of contemporary documentary filmmaking. Being a charming and enlightening cinematic experience, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN won numerous audience awards at festivals around the globe where it was screened. At the prestigious IDFA in Amsterdam, in addition to receiving the Audience Award, it was named the Best Music Documentary. Recently, it entered the official race for the Oscars, and both European and American critics unequivocally consider it one of the biggest contenders for the award. In Sweden, it was nominated in seven categories for the most important Swedish film award, Guldbagge, including nominations for Best Film and Best Feature Documentary.
The immense success of the film is certainly in great part owed to the superb Swedish-British coproduction – magnificently shot, with an impressive soundscape and, most of all, captivating editing and directing by a young Swedish filmmaker, Malik Bendjelloul. The producer of the movie, Simon Chinn, who is one of the most important creative producers in the world, had a significant role in this cinematic endeavor and it is no surprise that this is his third film in a row that has achieved outstanding results.
Selector's Word: An incredible story: interviews, archive, reconstructions, ”americana” images of streets and diners in Detroit, his city, and fine animation parts to accompany his music. How did he kill himself, with a gun pointing at the head or did he really set fire to himself on stage?
Born in 1977 in Sweden. Lives in Stockholm. He made many short and TV documentaries about music stars like Elton John, Björk, Sting, Madonna, U2. Also worked as producer and creative director of SVT’s documentary programme ‘Kobra’.
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, 2012