I’ve been hearing about Ryan Coogler‘s Fruitvale Station since last January’s Sundance Film festival, where it played through the roof. It did the same thing here tonight at the Cannes Film Festival, or more specifically at the Salle Debussy. It’s an awards-level steamroller, that’s for sure. Perhaps more on the level of critics group and Spirit Awards rather than Oscars due to limited box-office…but maybe not. Coogler, 26, has done himself proud, and cheers also to Michael B. Jordan for his vibrant and emotionally varied portrayal of the late Oscar Grant, who was aggressively if accidentally shot by a BART cop after a melee on New Year’s Eve. Cheers also to producers Forest Whitaker and Octavia Spencer.
Fruitvale Station director-writer Ryan Coogler, star Michael B. Jordan following 10:15 om screening, which ended with cheers and a standing ovation…all the love and warmth that the room had to offer & then some.
(l. to r.) Fruitvale costar Melanie Diaz, director-writer Ryan Coogler, star Michael B. Jordan, costars Octavia Spencer, Ahna O’ Reilly at Salle Debussy — Thursday, 5.26, 11:55 pm.
Spencer, Cooer and Jordan absorbing the cheers and applause.