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'Fruitvale' and 'Blood Brother' Win Big at 2013 Sundance Film Festival

January 27, 2013 (8:21 am) GMT
The Ryan Coogler-directed movie and the Steve Hoover-directed documentary win both Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.
'Fruitvale' and 'Blood Brother' Win Big at 2013 Sundance Film Festival

The winner list at this year's Sundance Film festival is dominated by "Fruitvale" and "Blood Brother". The two movies claim double victory each at the event hosted by . Other winners include actresses and .

"Fruitvale", a movie based on a true story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant who was gun down by police in Oakland, California, on New Year's Day of 2009, is picked as a winner of Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic. It's praised for its "moral and social urgency."

The movie stars , who won Oscar for her role in "" last year, and (""). Produced by , it's directed by 26-year-old first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler. The Weinstein Company recently acquired distribution rights for the film.

"For anyone out there who thinks for one second that movies don't matter and can't make a difference in the world," says juror Tom Rothman when presenting the grand jury prize. "Please welcome - this will not be the last time you guys walk to a podium - Fruitvale."

"This film had a profound impact on the audience that saw it ... this award goes out to my home in the Bay Area where Oscar Grant breathed, slept, loved, had fun and survived for 22 years," Coogler says in his acceptance speech after receiving the award from the former chairman of 20th Century Fox.

Steve Hoover's "Blood Brother" that tells an inspirational story of activist Rocky Braat who worked as a volunteer in an Indian orphanage to help HIV-infected children wins Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. and World Cinema Documentary.

"It is so encouraging for the kids ... their lives are so encouraging, and they die and no one remembers their name ... To take their story so that everyone sees it, it's so awesome," Hoover noted.

21-year-old Woodley, who was lauded for her performance in "" last year, took home Special Jury acting prize along with for their roles in "". Bell was also triumphant as she grabbed the drama screenwriting award for her work in quirky comedy "" which marks her directorial debut.



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