25 January, 2012

Sony Buys Swedish/UK Doc

by Sandy Mandelberger, North American Editor

In the first major acquisition of a non-American title at the Sundance Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics, the specialty division of parent company Sony Pictures, has taken the North American rights to the musical documentary SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN. The film, a Swedish/UK co-production directed by Malik Bendjelloul, tells the tale of Rodriguez, a 1970s rock n roller who quickly fell out of favor and died, but was rediscovered by avid fans in South Africa. The film follows two South African fans who go on a journey to find out more about their musical idol. The film is competing in the World Cinema Documentary competition.

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