Award-winning filmmaker dead

Oscarbelönade Malik Bendjelloul död

المخرج مالك بن جلول في ذمة الله عن عمر 36 عام, صاحب أوسكار الفيلم الوثائقي لعام 2013

The Academy Award-winning Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul has died at the age of 36.

Among his greatest achievements was the documentary 'Searching for Sugar Man' about the musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez.

The director's brother Johar Bendjelloul spoke to Expressen late Tuesday evening, saying:

'I can confirm that he is dead'.

Police in the Swedish capital confirmed Tuesday night that Malik Bendjelloul had been found dead. His next of kin had been informed.

Anders Petterson of the Stockholm police district of Solna told Expressen the death was not being treated as suspicious.

The world-known documentary filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul became the first Swede since 1951 to win an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the Oscars in 2013.

The film 'Searching for Sugar Man' was entirely funded through all his personal savings and money lent from his friends.

Malik Bendjelloul last year said in the Swedish radio show ‘Sommar i P1':

“When 90 percent of the movie was done, after having edited for three years, the movie’s main financier said the movie was rubbish. It ‘didn’t meet the criteria for movies, shown on the big screens.’"

When the financier pulled out of the project the director found himself in trouble.

The documentary was however eventually completed and at the Oscars in 2013, the movie won an Academy Award.

Bendjelloul has won approximately 20 awards worldwide, including the Swedish movie award ‘Guldbaggen’.

Bendjelloul previously worked for the Swedish public service broadcaster SVT, and was also a recognized child actor in his home country, playing the part of Philip in ‘Ebba och Didrik' from 1990.






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