Derek Cianfrance Talks A Place Beyond the Pines

Posted on September 10, 2012
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TIFF has been a showcase for some of the greatest films we will see over the next handful of months. From The Master, Cloud Atlas to A Place Beyond the Pines.

Derek Cianfrance, the director behind the tremendous film Blue Valentine which also starred Ryan Gosling is back with a gritty film set in the upstate New York town of Schenectady about a stunt bike rider and a robbery.

Earlier today we brought you two great clips; one featuring Ryan Gosling all tatted up planning a robbery, and the other focusing on Bradley Cooper in a hospital bed.

Now it’s the directors turn to speak. Hit the jump to see what Cianfrance had to say.

Now that the film has been shown at TIFF to rave reviews, and purchased by Focus Features for $2.5 million everyone, we included want to know when the heck is it going to come out? Cianfrance says we’re going to have to wait till next year:

“It’s pretty fantastic,” Cianfrance said of it getting purchased by Focus “It’s going to come out next year. We’re not sure when though. It’s all part of the negotiations and decision making process. There’s a lot to think about.”

“It’s kind of a dream to wind up with them,” Cianfrance said of Focus Features in Toronto, “I’ve had a lot of respect for the films they’ve made. Also James Schamus [the head of Focus], not only they’ve made and distributed, but the films that he’s written and I’m honored to be part of their slate.”

The film centers on a motorcycle stunt rider (Gosling) who considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician, played by Bradley Cooper. But that’s not all – there are three stories going on in the film, compared sort of like the Brad Pitt led film Babel.

“Detractors from the script from five years ago said to me, ‘Have you seen ‘Babel?’ Cianfrance recalled about the push to intercut the story. “I love ‘Babel,’ but I’ve seen it and this is a story about lineage so I think it needs to be linear. Also the idea of having an experience in a movie theater where you experience…”

Cianfrance didn’t want to spoil things in the film, but he said:

“…to deal with death in a real way in a movie and not to have the security of a flashback or a cut to go back. Because death is permanent and there’s a great absence and a great void afterwards.”

Now we sit and wait.

The good news is everyone who has seen Pines had great things to say about it, and now that distribution has been secured, we will see it sooner rather than later.

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