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Focus Features to go to 'Place Beyond the Pines'

September 09, 2012|By Steven Zeitchik
  • Ryan Gosling in "The Place Beyond the Pines."
Ryan Gosling in "The Place Beyond the Pines." (from Toronto International…)

"The Place Beyond the Pines," one of the hottest acquisition targets coming into the Toronto International Film Festival, has landed at Focus Features.

The company, which paid several million dollars for the right to distribute the movie, aims to release the film in 2013.

The movie stars Ryan Gosling as an outlaw bank robber and Bradley Cooper as an idealistic cop. The epic family tale, which played strongly at its world premiere Friday night, marks the return of director Derek Cianfrance after his 2010 critical darling “Blue Valentine.”

Earlier on Sunday Cianfrance told The Times he thought 2013 was a good window for the movie, giving Focus time to build awareness for what is a sprawling and unconventional family story. (More on Cianfrance and his unorthodox filmmaking methods shortly.)

The Weinstein Co. also was among the interested bidders for “Pines.”

In making the acquisition, Focus beefs up a 2013 slate that is likely to include Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land” and John Crowley's thriller “Closed Circuit.”


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