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Oscar Grant Film, ‘Fruitvale Station,’ Wins Prize of the Future at Cannes 2013

Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant in Fruitvale

‘Fruitvale Station,’ a film about the last day of Oscar Grant’s life, wins the Prize of the Future at Cannes 2013 in France

As we’d hoped, Ryan Coogler‘s Fruitvale Station, a film based on the 2009 murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by a BART police officer won the Prize of the Future at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Ryan Coogler and Forest Whitaker at Cannes 2013

Director Ryan Coogler and producer Forest Whitaker at Cannes 2013

“Our huge congratulations go to Ryan Coogler and his talented cast on receiving such a prestigious honor out in Cannes,” said TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein. “This is a film we are proud to be a part of and we’re glad it’s getting the recognition it deserves.”

Director Ryan Coogler with 'Fruitvale Station' Cast at Cannes 2013

Director Ryan Coogler with ‘Fruitvale Station’ Cast at Cannes 2013

The Forest Whitaker-produced drama, which won two awards at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in January, and has earned Coogler Sundance Institute’s Vanguard Award, played in the “Un Certain Regard” category at Cannes.

Deadline Hollywood gave a glowing recap of the film’s Cannes premiere:

“A standing ovation must have lasted 10 minutes, and I can’t recall a movie where I saw so many audience members in tears, a remarkable accomplishment since so many absorbed the dialogue through subtitles. Much of the movie’s power is Jordan’s engagingly accessible screen persona, but a lot of credit goes to Coogler.”

Fruitvale stars Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights/Parenthood), Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer (The Help), and Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill).

The first feature-length film from Coogler, a 26-year-old USC School of Cinematic Arts graduate, will hit select theaters July 12th with nationwide roll out July 26th!

[spotted via IndieWire.com]