FRUITVALE Wins 2013 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award

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Ryan Coogler‘s Fruitvale made audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival weep with the true story of Oscar Grant, who was murdered by BART Station police in 2009.  At last night’s awards ceremony, Coogler’s debut feature was awarded with both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, which made it the first film to win in both categories since 2009′s Precious.  The Weinstein Company picked up the movie for $2 million after a heated bidding war, and I would expect a release sometime later this year.  Click here for my review.

Other winners included This Is Martin Bonner for “Best of NEXT” (voters must have connected with a movie where nothing happens), best screenwriting for Lake Bell for In a World… (click here for my review), and Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley for their tremendous performances in The Spectacular Now.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Sundance 2013: THIS IS MARTIN BONNER Review

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As I said in my review of Price Check, a relatable situation does not create relatable or compelling characters.  It’s important to have an emotional connection to a character, but it’s also important to transport us to a place or a situation we don’t normally experience.  I don’t need to spend time seeing someone order food at Denny’s or read a book while eating dinner.  Chad Hartigan‘s This Is Martin Bonner attempts to connect us into our lead protagonists by showing the loneliness of their mundane lives, but their situations are so crushingly dull that we can never create a bond despite the solid performances of lead actors Paul Eenhoorn and Richmond Arquette.

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