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Original title Searching for Sugar Man
Film type Feature
Category Documentary
Form Partly animated
Average rating 4,2 / 5
Director
Producer
Screenplay
Production country
Production company
Awards
Classification Allowed for all
Dialogue
Swedish release 2012-08-24

Plot summary

Rodriguez was the greatest 70s U.S. rock icon who never was. His albums were critically acclaimed, but sales bombed, and he faded away into obscurity among rumors of a gruesome...

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Festival contact (documentary):

Sara Rüster
+46 8 665 11 41
sara.ruster@filminstitutet.se

Josefina Mothander
+46 8 665 12 67
Josefina.mothander@filminstitutet.se

 

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Original title
Swedish release title
International title
Alternative title
Working title
Title alternative spelling
Title for Swedish DVD release

Crew

Director
Screenplay
Producer
Director of Photography
Music
Film Editor
Sound Design
Animation
Advisor
Associate Producer
Executive Producer
Production Assistant
Post Production Supervisor
Film Commissioner
Additional Photography
Camera Operator
Key Grip
Compositor
Digital Grading
Digital Imaging Technician (DIT)
Digital media
Sound Editor
Re-recording Mixer
Directing Animator
Backgrounds
Graphic Design
Other Crew
Partner
Illustrator

Cast

Companies

Production Company Red Box Films Ltd.
Passion Pictures Ltd.
Co-Production Company Hysteria Film AB
Sveriges Television AB
YLE Co-Productions
Canfield Pictures AB
Saperi Film AB
The Documentary Company
Advance allocations Stiftelsen Svenska Filminstitutet
Distributor in Sweden (DVD) Warner Bros. Entertainment Sverige AB 2013
Distributor in Sweden Nonstop Entertainment AB 2012
Post Production Company The Chimney Pot AB (digital)
Ljudligan AB (Sound Post Production)
Animation FilmTecknarna Stockholm AB
Graphics Naive AB (graphics & title design)

Plot summary

Rodriguez was the greatest 70s U.S. rock icon who never was. His albums were critically acclaimed, but sales bombed, and he faded away into obscurity among rumors of a gruesome death. However, as fate would have it, a bootleg copy of his record made its way to South Africa, where his music became a phenomenal success. In a country suppressed by apartheid, his anti-establishment message connected with the people. One days two fans decides to set out on a quest to find the truth on what happened to their lost hero.

Swedish censorship / rating

Certificate number 201406
Date 2013-02-27
Classification Allowed for all


Technical specifications

Length in minutes 83 min


Production location

Detroit, Michigan USA
Kapstaden South Africa

Release dates

Release in Sweden 2012-08-24 Sweden
DVD release 2013-01-02 Sweden
Festival showing 2013-03-07 Victoria 2 Stockholm Sweden 82 min Tempo dokumentärfilmfestival, 2013. Tempo Documentary Award.
2013-03-09 Victoria 5 Stockholm Sweden 82 min Tempo dokumentärfilmfestival, 2013. Tempo Documentary Award.
TV showing 2013-08-31 SVT1 Sweden
2014-08-03 SVT2 Sweden
2016-11-19 SVT2 Sweden

Soundtrack listing

Original title Sugar Man
By Sixto Rodriguez
Performed by Rodriguez


Original title Crucify your mind
By Sixto Rodriguez
Performed by Rodriguez


Original title Cause
By Sixto Rodriguez
Performed by Rodriguez


Original title I wonder
By Sixto Rodriguez
Performed by Rodriguez


Original title Jane S. Piddy
By Sixto Rodriguez
Performed by Rodriguez


Original title This is not a song, it's an outburst: or, the establishment blues
By Sixto Rodriguez
Performed by Rodriguez


Original title Can't get away
By Sixto Rodriguez
Performed by Rodriguez


Original title I think of you
By Sixto Rodriguez
Performed by Rodriguez


Original title Inner City Blues
By Sixto Rodriguez
Performed by Rodriguez


Original title Sandrevan lullaby - lifestyles
By Sixto Rodriguez
Performed by Rodriguez


Original title Street boy
By Sixto Rodriguez
Performed by Rodriguez


Original title A most disgusting song
By Sixto Rodriguez
Performed by Rodriguez


Original title I'll slip away
By Sixto Rodriguez
Performed by Rodriguez


Original title Time Lapse variations
By Per Storby
Performed by New Tango Orquestra


Awards

Academy Award of Merit Los Angeles 2013 (bästa långa dokumentärfilm / Best Documentary - Feature, USA)
The Lorens Award Göteborg 2013 (Lorens Award, Göteborg International Film Festival, Sverige)
Prize London 2013 (bästa dokumentär / Best Documentary, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, BAFTA, Storbritannien)
The Guldbagge Award Stockholm 2013 Best Documentary
Nominated for the Guldbagge Award Stockholm 2013 Best Sound Per Nyström
Festival Award Los Angeles 2013 (The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures, Producers Guild Awards, USA)
Los Angeles 2013 (Best Documentary Screenplay, Writers Guild of America, USA )
Los Angeles 2013 (Best Edited Documentary (feature) Award, ACE American Cimema Editors, USA)
Prize Los Angeles 2013 (bästa dokumentär / Best Documentary, Producers Guild Awards, USA)
Nominated for the Guldbagge Award Stockholm 2013 Best Picture
Stockholm 2013 Best Music Malik Bendjelloul
Stockholm 2013 Best Music Sixto Rodriguez
Stockholm 2013 Best Sound Malik Bendjelloul
Stockholm 2013 Best Screenplay Malik Bendjelloul
Stockholm 2013 Best Editing Malik Bendjelloul
Stockholm 2013 Best Sound Per Nyström
Festival Award Park City 2012 (World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival, USA)
Prize Los Angeles 2012 (bästa musik / Best Music, International Documentary Association, USA)
Los Angeles 2012 (bästa långfilm / Best Feature Award, International Documentary Association, USA)
Festival Award Amsterdam 2012 (IDFA Melkweg Award for Best Music Documentary, IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Nederländerna)
Park City 2012 (A World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Prize for its Celebration of the Artistic Spirit , Sundance Film Festival, USA)
New York 2012 (bästa dokumentär/best documentary, The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, USA)
Aten 2012 (Golden Athena Music and Film Award, Golden Athena Music and Film Festival, Grekland)
Melbourne 2012 (publikpris / Audience Award, Melbourne International Film Festival, Australien)
Los Angeles 2012 (publikpris / Audience Award, LA Film Fest, USA)
Canberra 2012 (publikpriset/audience award, Australien)Canberra International Film Festival
Durban 2012 (DIFF Documentary Audience Award, Durban International Film Festival, Sydafrika)
Moskva 2012 (Bästa dokumentär/best documentary Moscow International Film Festival, Ryssland)
Doha 2012 publikens pris/audience award, The Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Qatar)
New York 2012 (2nd place Audience Award, Tribeca Film Festival, New York, USA)

Holdings Film

The information given here refers to film material in the Swedish Film Institute’s archive. Access to the archive’s stock is given on request, for research, other film archives and rights’ holders.

Element type Print
Item base Polyester
Gauge 35 mm
Length 2363


Element type Digitalt arkivmaterial
Gauge DCDM


Element type Digitalt visningsmaterial
Gauge DCP


Holdings Posters

Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100


Holdings Scripts

Script type Dialoglista
Script title Searching for Sugar man. Dialogue, continuity subtitle spotting list. 27th April 2012.
Extent 161 s. + 12 s. för- och eftertext samt musiklista.
Language English


Script type Dialoglista
Extent 82 s.
Language Swedish


Script type Dialoglista
Extent 3 s.
Language English


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