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Malik Bendjelloul, the acclaimed Swedish film director behind the Oscar-winning music documentary Searching for Sugar Man, has died. He was 36. Police spokeswoman Pia Glenvik told the Associated Press Bendjelloul died in Stockholm late Tuesday, and said no crime is suspected in relation to the death. Bendjelloul's older brother, Johar Bendjelloul, confirmed to the Associated Press that Malik committed suicide Tuesday. Johar told the daily newspaper Aftonbladet that his brother had struggled with depression for a short period. "Life is not always simple," Johar Bendjelloul was quoted as saying, adding that receiving the message that his brother had committed suicide was »
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The brother of the late Malik Benjelloul, director of music documentary Searching For Sugar Man which won an Oscar in 2013, has said that he took his own life after a struggle with depression.
Johar Bendjelloul told the Aftonbladet newspaper in Sweden. "I can confim that it was suicide and that he had been depressed for a short period of time," he said, adding: "Life is not always so easy... I don't know how to handle it."
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Johar Bendjelloul told a Swedish newspaper that his brother, ”Searching for Sugar Man” director Malik Bendjelloul, committed suicide. In an interview with the Aftonbladet, the elder Bendjelloul brother said that Malik, who won an Oscar in 2013 for his film, had “struggled with depression.” Also read: Malik Bendjelloul Searched the World to Find ‘Sugar Man’ Tale “Life isn't always easy,” Johar said. “I was with him all the time towards the end.” “Searching for Sugar Man” focused on the search for a mysterious musician named Rodriguez, who faded from attention in America after two albums in the 70's. He was considered a legend in South. »
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Malik Bendjelloul, the Oscar-winning director of Searching For Sugar Man, has passed away in Stockholm, according to multiple news reports. Though no cause of death has been given, authorities have said they do not suspect foul play. He was just 36 years of age.As a South African, Searching For Sugar Man was nothing short of a personal revelation. The subject of the documentary, Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, was a profound musical presence in my formative years, yet never more than a name. Rodriguez simply didn't exist outside of his songs, and a few urban legends. In fact, I confess to thinking, for years, that he was some obscure local musician, lost to the passage of time like so much from 60s and 70s South Africa. Searching For Sugar Man changed...
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As the film world mourns the death of Malik Bendjelloul, the Associated Press reports that the 36-year-old director of the Academy Award-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" committed suicide after struggling with depression. The Swedish director was found dead in Stockholm on Tuesday. Bendjelloul's brother Johar Bendjelloul told Swedish daily Aftonbladet that his younger brother had taken his own life. "Life is not always simple," Johar Bendjelloul said. "I don't know how to handle it. I don't know," he said. The director won the Academy for Best Documentary last year for "Searching for Sugar Man," about his search for the musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez. Bendjelloul directed, produced, edited and co-wrote the film, which initially premiered at Sundance in 2012 where it won the Audience Award. The film, which was the director's first, also won awards for Best Documentary from the DGA, PGA, WGA, BAFTA, Nbr and other festivals. When Indiewire »
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Film-maker whose Searching for Sugar Man, about the hunt for a forgotten folk musician, won an Oscar
The Swedish documentary film-maker Malik Bendjelloul, who has died aged 36 after reportedly taking his own life, had only a single feature credit to his name, but it was a notable one. He wrote, directed, edited and co-produced the low-budget 2012 film Searching for Sugar Man, about the commercial rediscovery in South Africa of a forgotten folk musician. It won the Academy Award for best documentary, grossed $10m worldwide and could also claim to be the first Oscar-winning movie to have been shot partially on an iPhone.
Bendjelloul filmed the majority of the picture on Super 8 to lend the footage a grainy texture, only to run out of money near the end of shooting. He resorted for the remaining scenes to an Instagram-style iPhone app called 8mm Vintage Camera, which he said "looked basically the »
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The brother of Malik Bendjelloul has told a Swedish newspaper that the acclaimed filmmaker behind the documentary Searching for Sugar Man committed suicide. Johar Bendjelloul told Swedish daily Aftonbladet on Wednesday that his younger brother had struggled with depression for a short period of time. Bendjelloul was found dead in Stockholm on Tuesday. The filmmaker rose to international fame in 2013 when his debut feature film, Searching for Sugar Man, won an Oscar for best documentary. The film tells the story of how Detroit-based singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez, who had flopped
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Searching for Sugar Man producer Simon Chinn, of Red Box Films, said: “I felt so fortunate when Malik walked into my life, with his charm, optimism, boundless energy and total lack of guile. Now he is gone it feels like a very bright light has been snuffed out.
“As a filmmaker he was an inspiration - someone who, despite his relative inexperience, was driven by a passion and determination to do justice to the great story he had found and to prove to those who had doubted he could do it, of which there were many, wrong.
“How he proved them wrong! I feel deeply honoured to have gone on this journey with him and I simply can’t believe I will never see his smiling face again. His loss will be felt for a very »
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Mere hours after the news of the legendary H.R. Giger passing away, tragedy has struck once again in the world of film and cinema. Malik Bendjelloul, who recently won the Academy Award for Best Documentary at the 85th ceremony, was found dead in Stockholm. No cause of death is yet known, but according to Deadline, his death is not being treated as suspicious. One could speculate Malik Bendjelloul would have had a fantastic career in documentary – surely Searching for Sugar Man is proof of that – and it’s truly a shame to see such talent cut short.
Searching for Sugar Man was almost entirely composed from Bendjelloul’s hands; he wrote, directed, produced, edited and composed score for his documentary that instigated a personal search for reclusive musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, a legendary musical figure of myth from the 70s. Bendjelloul’s documentary earned him an array of awards alongside the Oscar, »
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Searching for Sugar Man, Bendjelloul's tremendous debut, heralded the arrival of a bright new talent. His death is a terrible shock
In the summer of 2012 Malik Bendjelloul rolled in to the Sheffield documentary film festival to tell us that life is strange, that no man is an island and that even the most self-effacing artist can have a galvanising effect on people they've never met on the other side of the world. The Swedish director's documentary, Searching For Sugar Man, opened the event on a glorious high. It spun the story of Sixto Rodriguez, an obscure American folk singer who became an unlikely emblem for the white liberal classes in apartheid-era South Africa.
Rodriguez's new army of fans thought their hero was dead; that he'd set himself alight on stage; the ultimate encore. Instead it turned out that he had »
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Renowned Swiss artist and set designer H.R. Giger, best known for his incredible work on Ridley Scott's Alien, has passed away at the age of 74. Oscar-winning filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul (Searching For Sugar Man) has shockingly been found dead in his home at the age of 36. We've been big fans of Critics Round Up, an alternative aggregator for movie reviews, so we were pretty choked to hear it was shutting down...But now it appears, in Lazarus-fashion, the site will be sticking around. Above: Film Comment has made available (for 99 cents!) a digital anthology that "collects 35 years of analysis of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's films and profiles of his closest collaborators." This coincides with the "Fassbinder: Romantic Anarchist" retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center starting May 16th. If you're lucky enough to attend, you may want to grab one of these. Check out the series' trailer:
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Swedish police say no crime suspected in death of filmmaker who won 2013 Oscar for documentary about elusive musician
Malik Bendjelloul: Xan Brooks remembers a director full of puppyish charm
Police spokeswoman Pia Glenvik told the Associated Press that Bendjelloul died in Stockholm late on Tuesday. The police did not specify the cause of death and said no crime was suspected.
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Malik Bendjelloul Dies
Police confirmed Bendjelloul’s death and that no foul play was suspected, but declined to reveal the cause. Bendjelloul’s brother Johar Bendjelloul, however, has stated that the director suffered from depression and had committed suicide.
Bendjelloul was best known for Searching for Sugar Man, a documentary about Sixto Rodriguez, a bluesy folk singer from Detroit who had found a cult following in South Africa after vanishing from the music scene in the 70s. Bendjelloul found the inspiration for the critically acclaimed film during his extensive travels.
"I was traveling around the world for six months in 2006, looking for good stories... and in Cape Town I met Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, the detective of the story," Bendjellouol said in an April 2013 interview. "The detective who found this »
Malik Bendjelloul, director of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, died today in Stockholm at the age of 36. A police spokeswoman talking to the AP would not specify the cause of death, but said that foul play was not involved. Bendjelloul was born in Sweden in 1977 and worked as a child actor there, later going on to become a reporter for a Swedish public broadcasting company. He eventually quit that job to travel the world, during which time he came across the idea for Searching for Sugar Man, a film chronicling the astonishing life and career of elusive ‘70s folk-rocker Sixto Rodriguez. The movie was a phenomenal success with critics and audiences alike (read our own Jada Yuan's account of its rapturous reception at Sundance back in 2012) and garnered numerous accolades, including the Oscar for best documentary in 2013. »
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This just in from the Associated Press:
Police spokeswoman Pia Glenvik told the Associated Press Bendjelloul died in Stockholm late Tuesday, but wouldn’t specify the cause of death.
She said no crime is suspected in relation to the film maker’s death.
Bendjelloul grew up in central and southern Sweden and acted in Swedish TV-series “Ebba and Didrik” as a child during the 1990s. He studied journalism and media-production at the Linnaeus University of Kalmar in southern Sweden and later worked as a reporter for Swedish public broadcaster Svt.
He resigned from that job to travel the world and he got the idea for “Searching for Sugar Man »
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The Oscar-winning director was found dead in Stockholm.
He was found dead in Stockholm on Tuesday night, according to Swedish police.
No cause of death was released but police said there was no crime suspected in relation to the filmmaker’s death.
Searching for Sugar Man was Bendjelloul’s only credit as a director but it was an staggering start to a seemingly promising career. Centred on the improbable (but true) tale of Us singer-songwriter Rodriguez, the film explored how the musician became a cult hero and bestseller in South Africa during Apartheid despite barely selling any records in the Us.
The film, which was directed, produced, edited and co-written by Bendjelloul, received its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 where it won the audience award and special jury prize. It went on to win prizes all over the world »
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Following the sad news that Alien visual effects and creature designer H.R. Giger passed away, we have even more tragic news. Deadline has learned that director Malik Bendjelloul, who just won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2013 for the musically infused Searching for Sugar Man, was found dead in Stockholm today. No cause of death has been given, but local newspaper Expressen learned from the police that his death was not being treated as suspicious and no crime is suspected at this time. This is some truly tragic news for a young and gifted filmmaker who quickly climbed from Sundance buzz to Oscar glory. Bendjelloul wrote, directed, produced, edited and composed addition score for his documentary that chronicled a personal search for reclusive musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, an unlikely and mysterious musical hero from the 70s who faded into obscurity. Due to Bendjelloul's documentary (which also won the Audience »
- Ethan Anderton
Shocking news from Sweden. Oscar-winning director Malik Bendjelloul was found dead in Stockholm, according to reports. He was 36. Bendjelloul's Searching for Sugar Man, which chronicled two men's successful quest to debunk the rumor that American musician Sixto Rodriguez was no longer living, won the Academy Award last year for Best Documentary Feature. No cause of death has been released. Authorities have said that they do not suspect foul play. Bendjelloul, a former child actor, not only earned global acclaim with his feature directorial debut, he also rejuvenated interest in Rodriguez's music. The Detroit native had recorded two albums back in the 1970s and then not much was heard »
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