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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 12:05 PM
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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival
As you might have noticed from the wall-to-wall level of coverage over the last week or so, the Sundance Film Festival has grown considerably from its humble beginnings back in 1978, when it was inaugurated as the Utah/US Film Festival and had a remit to showcase exclusively American-made independent films, and to promote filmmaking in the region. Robert Redford's involvement as a guiding patron led to its name change in 1981, from which point on it expanded gradually, until a kind of Cambrian explosion occurred with the arrival of "sex lies & videotape " 25 years ago this, a film that, with only a touch of hyperbole, could be said to have remade the festival into the modern titan it is today.

Derek Cianfrance To Direct 'A Cotton Candy Autopsy' Starring Ben Mendelsohn; HBO Series 'Muscle' Is Dead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 11:11 AM
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Getting something made these days that isn't a blockbuster isn't easy, and so many directors keep a few irons in the fire at any one time, hoping one of them will gain enough momentum, support and financing to enter production. And Derek Cianfrance has certainly been piling up his plate lately, adding "The Light Between Oceans" and the ESPN movie "Those Guys Have All The Fun" to his roster of possible projects. And now another feature has entered the mix, while a long-developing TV project exits.

Derek Cianfrance To Direct Movie About The Founding Of ESPN For 'Social Network' Producers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 6:24 PM
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Over three films, Derek Cianfrance has made films about dudes. Okay, that's perhaps being a bit reductive, but from "Brother Tied" to "Blue Valentine" to this year's "The Place Beyond The Pines," they've featured men in various states of crisis. Now he's going to apply that approach to the most bro-tacular of industries—sports—for a project that has a tremendous amount of promise.

Derek Cianfrance To Set Sail On 'The Light Between Oceans'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 3:25 PM
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If there has been one through line on Derek Cianfrance's first three features, it has been family. His first (and still unreleased) film "Brother Tied" dealt with two brothers, his sophomore breakout "Blue Valentine" chronicled a crumbling marriage while his latest, "The Place Beyond The Pines," detailed the generational sins of fathers as they are passed down the bloodline. And now he's lined up a new project, one that once again will see him tackle marriage, parenting, death and more.

Watch: Another Great, Single Take Dick's Sporting Goods Ad Directed By Derek Cianfrance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2013 10:40 AM
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Place Beyond The Pines, Derek Cianfrance
Despite what our own Chris Bell might think, Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond The Pines" is one of the best movies of the year, and it opens in a pretty spectacular fashion. Nodding to the Dardennes, we follow Ryan Gosling's motorcycle riding stuntman from behind as he suits up and walks through a crowded carnival to get to the circular steel cage where he'll perform his death defying stunt. And it's all done in one long take. It's a lengthy sequence, with lots of extras and it likely required some serious precision coordination, but it seems to be a technique Cianfrance digs as he's been putting it to use in the advertising world.

Eva Mendes Talks Convincing Her 'Place Beyond The Pines' Director That She Was The Real Deal, Her Research & Her Goal To Keep Things Weird

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • April 10, 2013 6:03 PM
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In her latest film, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” Eva Mendes shirks her sexy image and gives a down-to-earth portrayal of a small-town waitress forced to choose between the father of her child, a face-tattooed stunt motorcycle driver (Ryan Gosling), and a man who can offer her substantial security (Mahershala Ali) – kind of her own “Sophie's Choice,” as Mendes says. Though some may raise an eyebrow at her being cast in a Derek Cianfrance film, Mendes fought for the role of Romina, an important female figure in a film dominated by men and concerning legacy in America, particularly about what is passed down from parents to children. During her research, Mendes gathered up her own family and friends with children to further explore the role and added that thoughtful touch to her performance

Derek Cianfrance Talks Cinematic Violence, Face Tattoos, Falling In Love With Eva Mendes & More From ‘Place Beyond The Pines’

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • April 6, 2013 12:17 PM
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After “Blue Valentine” tackled the issues of marriage and gender relations, it seemed like a natural progression that filmmaker Derek Cianfrance decided to take on parenthood and legacy in his next film. Taking six years to make, "The Place Beyond The Pines” deals with the issue of legacy in America. Set in working class Schenectady, New York, it tells the story of families on both sides of the law and deals with what fathers intentionally and unintentionally leave their sons (inspiring our list of 22 Great Father & Son Movies). A hit at this year’s TIFF (read our review here), the film stars Ryan Gosling as a motorcycle stunt rider who turns to bank robbery to provide for his young son, and Bradley Cooper as a police officer caught in the crosshairs, a role the actor nearly gave up on. The stellar cast also includes Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan, Ray Liotta, Emory Cohen, Ben Mendelsohn and Rose Byrne.

Watch: The Dazzling Opening Shot From 'The Place Beyond The Pines' Plus Derek Cianfrance's Trailer Commentary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 9:39 AM
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Yes, it's over two hours long, and "The Place Beyond The Pines" is a sprawling saga set over a few decades. But that doesn't mean that it isn't instantly gripping, and director Derek Cianfrance plunks the audience right into the world of the film's stunt riding Luke, played by a tattooed, bleached hair Ryan Gosling, with an opening shot as immediately captivating as it was dangerous to shoot (it nearly killed the DP). And if you're waiting for the movie, now playing in limited release, to come near you, here's an early peek at the great sequence which sets the movie in motion to hold you over.

Ryan Gosling Talks Bank Robbing In 'Place Beyond The Pines,' Working With Terrence Malick, Nicolas Winding Refn & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 3, 2013 12:19 PM
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Fate, sin, consequences, redemption... are a few of the words that have been used in the run-up to "The Place Beyond The Pines" to capture the thematic undercurrents of the generation spanning saga. These are touchstones in the film and Ryan Gosling sets it all in motion. He co-stars alongside the excellent ensemble Derek Cianfrance has pulled together -- Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Mahershala Ali, Dane DeHaan, Emory Cohen, Ben Mendelsohn and Ray Liotta -- in the film that follows two men and their sons, and how they collide and come together across decades.

Derek Cianfrance Convinced Bradley Cooper Not To Drop Out Of ‘Place Beyond The Pines’; His DP Nearly Died On Set & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 2, 2013 1:01 PM
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“I’m full of epic stories,” the loquacious Derek Cianfrance told Vanity Fair recently. And it’s true. We sat down with the director and co-writer behind “The Place Beyond The Pines,” and Cianfrance was indeed, full of amazing stories. He told us in the part of our interview we ran yesterday that that he had to pare down a 158 page script to 120 pages to earn his financing. So, did the filmmaker do a rewrite? Nope. He increased the margins as far as they would go and then selected the smallest font possible and got down to 120 pages. The financiers didn’t notice and he got his green light. Crafty, right?

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