One of the films that made a huge splash at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year was 27-year-old Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut Fruitvale Station (formerly titled Fruitvale). The film won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the festival. It’s been predicted that if any film from Sundance has any chances for Oscar gold, it’s going to be this film. The Weinstein Company has released the first poster and a powerful trailer for the drama. Check them out below.
Friday Night Lights star Michael B. Jordan stars as Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area man who was fatally shot in 2009 by Oakland police. The shooting sparked outrage and protests against police brutality. The Weinstein Company picked up the rights to the film right out of Sundance for $2 million.
The buzz surrounding this film is astounding. This might turn out to be a surprise summer indie hit much like Beasts of the Southern Wild was last summer. It’s been said that Michael B. Jordan’s performance as Oscar Grant is Oscar-worthy.
Fruitvale Station is set to compete at the Cannes Film Festival this month before it arrives in limited theaters on July 12th.