'Fruitvale,' 'Mandela' Films Announce Release Dates

2013 looks to be a good year for black film, thanks to upcoming Oscar Grant and Mandela narratives.

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2013 will be a solid year for black narratives as Fruitvale, writer-director Ryan Coogler's film about slain California youth Oscar Grant, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, hit screens in the fall, reports Shadow and Act.  

Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale, which won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for an U.S. dramatic film at the Sundance Film Festival in January, will be released on October 18.

There is already talk of a possible screening of the film at this year's Cannes Film Festival, but a showing at the Toronto Film Festival is practically a sure thing with an Oscar nominations push by the company towards the end of the year.

Meanwhile Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom starring Idris Elba in the lead role and Naomie Harris is scheduled for a November 29th release which also practically guarantees the Weinstein Co will also go for a major Oscar awards push for the film as well.

Read more at Shadow and Act.

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