Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition, it’s fair to say that true-life drama Fruitvale captured the hearts of crowds and critics more than any other film at Sundance 2013. In fact, Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein wasted no time in buying the rights…
Written and directed by first-time director Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale is anchored by a strong performance from Chronicle’s Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old who was tragically shot and killed by a San Francisco police officer on New Year’s Day, 2009. A recreation of the day leading up to the shooting, Coogler presents an emotional portrait of a flawed character, with strong support from the likes of Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer.
And while the film ultimately veers into heartstring-pulling melodrama, it’s an undoubtedly powerful and accomplished debut.