‘Searching for Sugarman’ Director Dead: THR Traces Malik Bendjelloul’s Final Days – Hollywood Reporter

Malik Bendjelloul
Malik Bendjelloul

After the death of Malik Bendjelloul, who threw himself in front of a subway train, a THR writer heads to Sweden to talk to his friends, who reveal the perfectionist’s quirks — from eating the same breakfast for six months to walking one lap around his apartment before and after work — and open up about his fear, doubt and their own surprise: “He was the least likely to take his life.” 

This story first appeared in the June 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

In the late afternoon on May 13, a young man with a mop of soft brown hair and a delicate frame stood on the platform of the Solna Centrum metro stop in Stockholm, Sweden, waiting for the Blue Line. It was rush hour, and the station, one of the deepest in Stockholm’s rail system, was filling up with commuters leaving the city. At the bottom of a long escalator, cavelike tunnel walls had been painted with elaborate pastoral scenes from the 1970s: lush green hillsides studded with fir trees and a giant yellow moon rising against a vast, dark red sky. Vignettes of Swedish life were overlaid against this Nordic backdrop — chain-saw-wielding loggers presiding over a recent clear-cut, a twin-engine prop plane taking flight, and a solitary violinist standing in a field pondering the city’s encroachment. At one end of the platform was a sign. “Stop!” it warned. “Unauthorized people prohibited on the tracks.”

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‘Searching for Sugarman’ Director Dead: THR Traces Malik Bendjelloul’s Final Days – Hollywood Reporter

Malik Bendjelloul
Malik Bendjelloul

After the death of Malik Bendjelloul, who threw himself in front of a subway train, a THR writer heads to Sweden to talk to his friends, who reveal the perfectionist’s quirks — from eating the same breakfast for six months to walking one lap around his apartment before and after work — and open up about his fear, doubt and their own surprise: “He was the least likely to take his life.” 

This story first appeared in the June 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

In the late afternoon on May 13, a young man with a mop of soft brown hair and a delicate frame stood on the platform of the Solna Centrum metro stop in Stockholm, Sweden, waiting for the Blue Line. It was rush hour, and the station, one of the deepest in Stockholm’s rail system, was filling up with commuters leaving the city. At the bottom of a long escalator, cavelike tunnel walls had been painted with elaborate pastoral scenes from the 1970s: lush green hillsides studded with fir trees and a giant yellow moon rising against a vast, dark red sky. Vignettes of Swedish life were overlaid against this Nordic backdrop — chain-saw-wielding loggers presiding over a recent clear-cut, a twin-engine prop plane taking flight, and a solitary violinist standing in a field pondering the city’s encroachment. At one end of the platform was a sign. “Stop!” it warned. “Unauthorized people prohibited on the tracks.”

Read more at ‘Searching for Sugarman’ Director Dead: THR Traces Malik Bendjelloul’s Final Days – Hollywood Reporter.

‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Star Rodriguez to Play Coachella, Glastonbury – Hollywood Reporter

The formerly reclusive troubadour will headline two of the world’s biggest music festivals in the coming months.

Rodriguez
Rodriguez

Singer-songwriter Rodriguez, the breakout star of award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, will perform at two of this year’s biggest music festivals: April’s Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival, held in Indio, Calif., over two weekends, as well as the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival, which takes place June 26 – 30 near Pilton, Somerset and attracts some 135,000 attendees.

via ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Star Rodriguez to Play Coachella, Glastonbury – Hollywood Reporter.

PGA Announces Documentary Film Nominees – Hollywood Reporter

The Producers Guild of America has nominated five films, ranging from Aaron Yeger’s A People Uncounted to Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man, for its Documentary Motion Picture Award. The nominees also include Dror Moreh’s The Gatekeepers, Jon Shenk’s The Island President and Marius A. Markevicius’ The Other Dream Team.

The nominees tackle a range of social issues and feature a number of striking personalities.

via PGA Announces Documentary Film Nominees – Hollywood Reporter.

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