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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond The Pines

Considering that Derek Cianfrance showcased his first two films, Brother Tied (Sundance ’98) and Blue Valentine (2010) in Park City and since The Place Beyond The Pines launched at the Toronto Int. Film Festival with no subsequent festival release afterwards, Focus Features might be considering a U.S premiere spot before the theatrical release set for March 29th. With about 10 slots in the Spotlight section, chances are low as the fest favors foreign film titles over U.S. pics (only Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister broke into the line-up last year) but this is an epic that would be difficult to pass up.

Gist: Luke (Ryan Gosling) is a professional motorcycle rider who turns to bank robberies to support his newborn son. But when he crosses paths with a rookie police officer (Bradley Cooper), their violent confrontation spirals into a tense generational feud. The Place Beyond the Pines is a rich dramatic thriller, tracing the intersecting lives of fathers and sons, cops and robbers, heroes and villains.

Production Co./Producers: Electric City Entertainment’s Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof, Alex Orlovsky and SKE’s Sidney Kimmel

Prediction: Spotlight Program

U.S. Distributor: Focus Features

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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