Sugar follows the story of Miguel Santos, a.k.a. Sugar, a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro De Macorís, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull himself and his family out of poverty. Playing professionally at a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, Miguel finally gets his break at age 19 when he advances to the United States' minor league system. Miguel travels from his tight knit community in the Dominican Republic to a small town in Iowa where he and a couple other Latin American teammates are the only Spanish-speaking people in the vicinity. As Miguel struggles with the new language and culture, despite the welcoming efforts of his host family, he is faced with an isolation he never before experienced. When his play on the mound falters, he begins examining more closely the world around him and his place within it, and ultimately questions the single-mindedness of his life's ambition. Blending the genres of sports drama, immigrant journey, and coming-of-age story, Sugar is a unique film about self-discovery.
Opens in New York and Los Angeles on April 3.
- Starring - Alegenis Perez Soto, Alina Vargas, Andrew Holland, Ann Whitney, Ellary Poterfield, Jamie Terelli, Jose Rijo, Michael Gaston, Rayniel Rufino, Richard Bull, Kelvin Leonardo Garcia, Joendy Pena Brown
- Directed by - Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
- Distributed by - Sony Pictures Classics
- MPAA Rating - Rated R for language, some sexuality and brief drug use.