FRUITVALE STATION (originally titled Fruitvale) is an indie drama film written and directed by Ryan Coogler which marks his first feature-length film, and Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) is among the producers. It was the winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and has been selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
The film stars Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant, a young man who was shot to death by police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Oakland, California Fruitvale rapid transit station. Kevin Durand and Chad Michael Murray plays the two BART police officers involved in Grant’s death. The names of the officers were changed for the film.
It follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.
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