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Big Year Ahead for TWC's Festival Darling 'Fruitvale Station' (See New Poster)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood May 7, 2013 at 1:11PM

The first poster for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Fruitvale Station" has been unveiled. TWC's indie drama has already proven to be a festival darling, as the film will screen in Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar, before the film hits theaters July 12.
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'Fruitvale Station'
'Fruitvale Station'

The first poster for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Fruitvale Station" has been unveiled. The Weinstein Co.'s indie drama has already proven to be a festival darling, as the film will screen in Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar, before the film hits theaters July 12.

With the Cannes logo and both of the film's Sundance accolades prominently displayed on the poster -- the Ryan Coogler drama won the Audience Award at Sundance when it was still known as "Fruitvale" -- above an even more conspicuous "The Weinstein Company Presents" lording over the title, "Fruitvale Station" is poised for great things. (Our TOH! review is here.)

The film is following a tried-and-true release pattern taken by two other Sundance debuts selected for Un Certain Regard that went on to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Lionsgate's"Precious" (2009) had a similar fate, winning both Audience and Grand Jury awards at Sundance before screening at Cannes. Supporting Actress Mo'Nique and screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher went on to win Oscars for the Lee Daniels film.

Last year, Fox Searchlight's best picture nom "Beasts of the Southern Wild" won the Cannes Camera d'Or for Benh Zeitlin after winning, like "Fruitvale Station," two awards at Sundance including the Grand Jury Prize. And Harvey Weinstein is no slouch when it comes to taking films like "The Artist" from Cannes to Oscar contention.

Written and directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer ("The Help"), "Fruitvale Station" treads in the heartstring-tugging, social realist tradition that festivalgoers and Academy voters embrace. It recreates the last day in the life of Oscar Grant, who at 22 years old was shot and killed by an Oakland police officer at the titular BART station on New Year's Day, 2009.

View the poster below.

Fruitvale Station poster



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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.