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Sundance Buy: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires 'Searching for Sugar Man'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood January 20, 2012 at 4:46PM

Sony Pictures Classics made the first buy of the festival, acquiring the North American rights to doc "Searching for Sugar Man," the directorial debut of Malik Bendjelloul.
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Sony Pictures Classics made the first buy of the festival, acquiring the North American rights to doc "Searching for Sugar Man," the directorial debut of Malik Bendjelloul.  The film had its world premiere last night at Sundance, where it was the opening night film for the World Cinema Documentary Competition.

"Searching for Sugar Man" is based on the story of Sixto Diaz Rodriguez (known simply as Rodriguez), an American folk musician whose brief career fizzled into obscurity in the 1970s.  A bootleg copy of one of his recordings made its way to South Africa, where he became a huge success.  Bendjelloul's film follows the two South African fans who make it their mission to find out who the mysterious Rodriquez really is.

This article is related to: Sony Pictures Classics, Sundance 2012 News, Sundance, Sundance 2012, Festivals


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.