Archive of films Fruitvale Station / Fruitvale Station

2013, 85 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2013

New Year’s Eve 2008. The true and shocking story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old American whose encounter with police at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland, California, ended in tragedy. This engaging picture won both the Grand Jury Prize (dramatic feature) and the Audience Award (US drama) at this year’s Sundance festival, and subsequently screened at Cannes.


Ryan Coogler, one of this year’s most interesting debut filmmakers, had this to say about the protagonist of his debut feature: "I want audiences to know that he was a real person. He was a person with real struggles and personal conflicts, but also with real hopes, and real dreams, and goals. And his life mattered deeply to the people that he loved the most.” This captivating drama presents the true and shocking story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old American who wakes up on December 31, 2008, with a strange and difficult-to-define feeling. Seeing it as a sign to make a fresh start, Oscar sets out to realize his New Year’s resolutions concerning those closest to him – his sentimental mother, his girlfriend Sophina and his four-year-old daughter Tatiana. Two hours into the New Year, however, his premonition takes on a whole different shape when the young man is shot by a police officer at Fruitvale rapid transit stop. The film, which is certainly a contender for next year’s Oscars, was produced by Forest Whitaker’s Significant Productions.

About the director

Ryan Coogler (b. 1986, Oakland, California) studied film and television at the University of Southern California and has been making movies for five years. In 2012 he participated in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab with the script for his feature debut Fruitvale Station. His short movie Fig (2011) received the Student Filmmaker Award from the Director’s Guild of America and the HBO Short Filmmaking Award. In addition to moviemaking, he works as a counselor at Juvenile Hall in San Francisco. The film won the Grand Jury Prize and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award at this year’s Sundance and earned great acclaim at Cannes.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Ryan Coogler
Screenplay: Ryan Coogler
Dir. of Photography: Rachel Morrison
Music: Ludwig Göransson
Editor: Michael P. Shawver, Claudia S. Castello
Producer: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker
Production: Significant Productions
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, Octavia Spencer
Contact: The Weinstein Company, A-Company Czech s.r.o.
Distributor: A-Company Czech s.r.o.


Barbora Mudrová



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