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Cannes 2013 - Ryan Coogler's 'Fruitvale Station' Wins Un Certain Regard Sidebar 'Future Prize'

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 25, 2013 7:11 PM
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The main competition awards won't be announced until tomorrow, but the 2013 Cannes Film Festival handed out sidebar awards today, in the Un Certain Regard section (which highlights what the festival calls "original and different" works in need of international recognition).

Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station won the Prix de l'avenir - a "future" award, meaning essentially that Coogler is a talent to watch.

And of course, we'll be watching.

A jury headed by Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg selected winners from an Un Certain Regard section that comprised of 17 films hailing from 15 different countries. 

6 of the works were first films. 

The rest of the international jury included Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, French actress Ludivine Sagnier, Ilda Santiago (head of the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival), and Spanish producer/distributor/exhibitor Enrique Gonzalez Macho.

The Bling Ring directed by Sofia Coppola opened the program out of competition.

In a statement from jury president Vinterberg, he expressed his thanks for the opportunity to oversee what he calls "a fine extract of the best movies around": 

“Dear Thierry, dear Gilles Jacob, dear Cannes Film Festival, Thank you for giving us the responsibility of choosing and celebrating films from a very powerful Certain Regard selection 2013. It is a great honor for us, and the selection has been outstanding in many ways. One of the finest achievements in filmmaking is to create unforgettable moments - moments that stay with us - as a collective memory - as a collective mirror of our existence. Clay figures, extreme beauty, violence, homosexual blow jobs, systematic humiliation of the human kind, Léa Seydoux’s legs, great Brando imitations are just some of the unique images that will follow us for a while. This selection was insistingly unsentimental, and still poetic. It was political, highly original, sometimes disturbing, diverse and first of all, very often - unforgettable.I once again thank you Thierry, for sharing such a fine extract of the best movies around, with all of us.” Thomas VINTERBERG

The full list of Un Certain Regard winners follows below:





For the ensemble cast of LA JAULA DE ORO by Diego QUEMADA-DIEZ


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  • JEFTCG | May 26, 2013 10:27 PMReply

    Heard mixed things about this film: A) that it's a manipulative tear-jerker glossing over a criminal life, and B) that it's an exciting new voice in (black) filmmaking. Hard to tell which way liberal Hollywood's slant will fall: will they embrace the film and welcome it into the insider's fold, or will they scoff it off as just another lucky independent Weinstein fluke? I don't care either way, as long as I see Ryan Coogler's name in my trades instead of Tyler Perry.

  • But | May 26, 2013 3:19 PMReply

    @Nadia...For all I know "Fruitvale Station" is a great film...but I'll watch the film first before making a may be even better than "that Tarantino spaghetti slave narrative" thing...which is not a criticism, just

  • Campbell | May 25, 2013 11:11 PMReply

    Congratulations to Brother Ryan Coogler.
    Can wait to see the picture. Here's hoping the Weinstein Company market it, and distribute it as wide as that Tarantino spaghetti slave narrative. I hope the brother can establish a relationship with them, to tell the stories that need to be told.

  • Nadia | May 26, 2013 12:39 PM

    @ BUT - I really don't know what your problem is or what point you're trying to make. CAMPBELL simply said that he/she hopes that the Weinstein Company pushes this film the same way they pushed Django, and that he/she hopes Coogler can establish a strong relationship with them. What is so hard to understand about such a simple, direct statement? What does it have to do with whether he/she saw Django or didn't? Or whether Django is a "solid film" or not a solid film? What does this have to do with Spike Lee's criticisms of Django? Basically, what the fuck is your point? That Fruitvale isn't a "solid film"? That Coogler isn't a good filmmaker?

  • Campbell | May 26, 2013 8:50 AM

    Of course I've seen Django.
    But describing it as a Tarantino spaghetti western slave narrative is not a criticism. It's a descriptive.

  • But | May 26, 2013 8:17 AM

    "Django" was a solid obviously didn't watch it...just repeating Spike's "criticism" of a film he didn't watch don't know that people will line up at theaters to see a story about the last day of someone's life...even Brad Pitt would have trouble selling that one...sounds more like cable movie for HBO or AMC...but if he's a real artist (the director) he
    doesn't care about any of that and just made the movie he wanted to make so he's already winning with everything that has followed.

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