21 January 2013 1:45 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Weinstein Co. picked up its first film of the Sundance Film Festival Monday by outbidding Fox Searchlight, Focus Features and Paramount for rights in English-speaking territories to the tragic drama “Fruitvale” from first-time writer-director Ryan Coogler. The U.S. dramatic competition film had its world premiere Saturday night at the Marc. One source puts the final bid in the $2.5 million range. Based on a true story, "Fruitvale" follows the last days of a 22-year-old man trying to change the course of his life before his death in a police shooting in San Francisco on New Year's Eve 2008. Indiewire critic Eric Kohn was impressed with Coogler's handling of the material, calling it "an incredibly moving and confident first feature." Wme Global repped the sale for the filmmakers. »

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