"Searching for Sugar Man," Malik Bendjelloul's documentary on the life of forgotten '70s folk-rocker Rodriguez, received the Audience Award for Best International Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
It is the fourth honor the film has received since premiering in January at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary category an a special jury prize. It received a second place Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
"Searching for Sugar Man," which Sony Pictures Classics will release July 27, plays the Moscow Film Festival this week. Rodriguez, who performed at the Hotel Cafe during the festival, will next appear at the Folklore Festival in Jersey, England on June 30 and July 1 on a bill with Van Morrison, Ray Davies and Joan Armatrading. He will also perform at the Newport Folk Festival.
Sony Legacy will issue the film's soundtrack on July 24; Light in the Attic will release a vinyl edition. Rodriguez said he is booked for "Late Show with David Letterman" in mid-August.
Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Spirit Awards, announced the jury and audience award winners on Sunday. The festival featured the world premieres of "People Like Us" and "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"; composer Danny Elfman and Raphael Saadiq were among the artists in residence.
Years after facing into obscurity at home, the music of '70s U.S. singer/songwriter Rodriguez became an underground sensation in South Africa. Decades after his disappearance, two fans uncover the startling truth behind the legend.
The other music-related award went to Lex Halaby's video for Man Man's " Piranhas Club," which won the Audience Award for Best Music Video.