A big part of what sells it is the film's haunting, ethereal score by alt-metal band Faith No More frontman Mike Patton. And if I was told that they weren't, then I would rewrite scenes on the spot until we were being honest. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. Schenectady is where my wife grew up. Their children, however, know it all too well. Q: Aside from Schenectady itself, where did your inspiration come for this story? I was introduced to Ben Coccio, who made this great underappreciated movie Zero Day. Because of my training in documentary film, it was important to me to shoot in real places - I felt strongly that it could only be made in Schenectady - and to surround the actors with real people as much as possible to give the film that sense of place and truth. Ben latched on to the idea of THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES; he just lit up. It has a rich history and it's definitely in the midst of the economic struggle. I knew that my father also had this fire in him, and his father as well...I started wondering how many generations back it went. He and I have kids in the same school - there's more of a connection with fathers and sons - and we would drop our kids off in the morning and write all day until we had to go pick them up. I had been thinking a lot about being a father and becoming one again and the responsibility that came with it, what I was going to pass down to my new boy. So I have been going up there for a decade visiting her family, and it's such an interesting place. IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. Q: What was the involvement of the third credited screenwriter, Darius Marder? We hit it off: we had read the same books, watched the same films growing up - GoodFellas is a favorite - and we had read the same books. While he praises... Collider Breaks Down PINES with Derek Cianfrance, Times Union gives guide to the Places Behind PINES. © 2020 Focus Features. Ad Choices, The Place Beyond the Pines, the Best Movie About Bad Dads, Is Now on Netflix. DC: About four months before we started filming PINES, my good friend Darius got involved. I felt I now had a story to tell. The Place Beyond The Pines sells itself as a crime drama, one that seems to set up parallel stories tracing the paths of Luke Glanton (Ryan Gosling) and … There are different tribes in a contemporary city. Showtimes Blue took a while longer, and Ben kept writing. In pop culture, fatherhood can seem like a paradox. Again, as with Blue, I considered all of the actors in the film to be true collaborators. In a great video piece at Collider "'Breaking Down the Movie' Episode 1: Director Derek Cianfrance on THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES", Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub speaks with the... A fun piece by Paul Grondahl for Times Union called "A guide to locations used in the filming of 'Place Beyond the Pines'" maps out the various Schenectady locations used... Eva Mendes sat down the UK's Glamour Magazine for a special video interview on her role in THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES. The second third follows Cross in the fallout as he's forced to either confront or look away from the corruption in his precinct, and the final third follows both Glanton and Luke's sons, now teenagers, as they befriend each other and slowly realize the horrifying way they're connected. GQ may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. The Place Beyond the Pines, Cianfrance’s small-town epic, took even longer to complete—­almost two decades. Ben latched on to the idea of THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES; he just lit up. It's obsessed over endlessly while also somehow seemingly easy—just show up is often the moral of stories about dads. Watch Ryan Gosling Go Swimming in his Ralph Lauren Suit, This Is the Scariest, Smartest Horror Movie on Netflix Right Now. Q: Did you start writing the script at that time? The Place Beyond the Pines is a perfectly good movie, albeit disjointed, that cannot amount to the larger thematic impact it yearns for. From award-winning writing and photography to binge-ready videos to electric live events, GQ meets millions of modern men where they live, creating the moments that create conversations. His documentary feature Loot was all about fathers and sons, men who were haunted by their past; I knew he had a handle on those themes. Blue took a while longer, and Ben kept writing. The narrative structure of The Place Beyond the Pines is intriguing as it creates its own history by delving into the lives of a few key characters over 15 years. By the time of filming, we'd hit 37 drafts. “I’m sort of obsessed with time,” the 39-year old writer-director says. When Ben and I started writing together at length, we spent a lot of time refining the script. The film tells the story about Luke Glanton, a motorcyclist, who discovers that he has a son and decides to get involve in his son’s, Jason, life. | One of my favorite movie swerves in recent memory comes from The Place Beyond the Pines, a 2012 film that is, ostensibly, a film about cops and criminals, but is really about dads—just not in the way you might think. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. It helped me to do many things. My co-writer, Ben Coccio, who grew up there, describes it as a smaller version of Detroit. 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