Fruitvale Station is a 2013 American biographical drama film written and directed by Ryan Coogler. The film is based on the events leading to the death of Oscar Grant, a young man who was killed in 2009 by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Fruitvale district station of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in Oakland.
Fruitvale Station debuted under its original title Fruitvale at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the award for Best First Film.
Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter called it "a compelling debut" and "a powerful dramatic feature film". He also praised the lead performances stating, "As Oscar, Jordan at moments gives off vibes of a very young Denzel Washington in the way he combines gentleness and toughness; he effortlessly draws the viewer in toward him. Diaz is vibrant as his patient and loyal girlfriend, while Spencer brings her gravitas to the proceedings as his stalwart mother."
‘Brilliantly observed and very moving.’ Independent (UK)
‘Coogler's realistic debut recreates Grant's final day with affection, refusing to cast him as either saint or sinner.’ Times (UK)
‘There is something almost spiritual in the eerie importance that all the ordinary, banal facts of a life achieve under scrutiny, as time is running out.’ Guardian
Acapulco Black Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance of the Year
AFI Awards, USA 2014 Winner of the AFI Award for Movie of the Year
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) 2013 Winner of the AAFCA Award for Top 10 Films and Best Independent Film
Austin Film Critics Association 2013 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best First Film
Boston Online Film Critics Association 2013 Winner of the BOFCA Award for Ten Best Films of the Year
Cannes Film Festival 2013 Winner Un Certain Regard - Avenir Prize - Ryan Coogler
Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature
Hollywood Film Awards 2013 Winner of the Spotlight Award
National Board of Review, USA 2013 Winner of the NBR Award for Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer
Winner of Breakthrough Performance by an Actor - Michael B. Jordan
Winner of Best Directorial Debut - Ryan Coogler
New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2013 Winner of the NYFCC Award for Best First Film
Satellite Awards 2013 Winner of the Breakthrough Performance Award
Sundance Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Audience Award for Dramatic - Ryan Coogler
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize - Dramatic
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