"I've been working in Swedish television for 10 years and have made docs with and about Björk, Kraftwerk, Sting and Elton John. The first time I heard the story of Rodriguez five years ago I became absolutely obsessed — it was the most remarkable story I'd heard in my life. Ever since then I've been working almost full time to make this movie.
"I rarely watch documentaries, but in mid-production of this film, after a day of shooting in New York, I had a few hours off and a cinema next door to my hotel was showing "Man on Wire." I watched it and fell in love. It made me happy in a way very few films do, no matter what genre. When I walked out from the theatre I just had this distant feeling that the events in the Rodriguez story were somehow on par with the events of "Man on Wire." They both had this kind of plot with an adventurous quest and they both had powerful endings. But "Man on Wire" was a great story AND a great film. So I had this thought that was both challenging and inspirational—that it was my responsibility as a filmmaker to make a film that was as good as the story."
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