• Fruitvale Station
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station

by Ryan Coogler Feature Film Competition

An unsteady mobile phone camera captures a dreadful scene: Two men on the floor. A shot is fired. Screams are heard. It is shortly after New Year’s Eve and the people on the overcrowded train in Oakland’s Fruitvale Station can hardly believe their eyes. 22-year-old Oscar somehow felt that no ordinary day lay ahead of him when he woke up on the morning of December 31, 2008. With a distinct feeling for the occasion, he decided to make and implement his New Year’s resolution somewhat prematurely: He wanted to pay more attention to his girlfriend and their daughter, and be a better son to his mother. First, however, he had to get his job back at the supermarket – but things didn’t go as planned.
FRUITVALE STATION is a dramatic reconstruction of the homicide, which took place on January 1, 2009. Director Ryan Coogler stresses: “I want audiences to know that he was a real person. He was a person with real struggles and personal conflicts, but also with real hopes, and real dreams, and goals. And his life mattered deeply to the people that he loved the most.”


  • Genre: Drama
  • Country, Year: USA, 2013
  • Runtime: 90 Min
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: German, French
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  • Director: Ryan Coogler
  • Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand
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  • Screenplay: Ryan Coogler
  • Cinematography: Rachel Morrison
  • Editors: Claudia S. Castello, Michael P. Shawver
  • Sound: Casey Langfelder
  • Music: Ludwig Göransson
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  • Producers: Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi
  • Executive Producer: Michael Y. Chow
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  • Production Company: Significant Productions
  • Swiss Distribution: Elite Film AG
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