Toronto 2011: Buyers to See First Footage of Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper's 'The Place Beyond the Pines'

2:12 PM PST 09/07/2011 by Pamela McClintock
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Ryan Gosling, left, Bradley Cooper

Derek Cianfrance is currently shooting the generational thriller pitting a bank robber against a rookie cop; Rose Byrne and Eva Mendes also star.

Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper's generational thriller The Place Beyond the Pines will be shown this weekend to buyers gathering from around the world at the Toronto Film Festival.

Derek Cianfrance is currently shooting the high-profile indie title, which also stars Rose Byrne and Eva Mendes. The project reteams Cianfrance and Gosling, who worked together on the critically acclaimed Blue Valentine, a dark drama about a failing marriage.

Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg’s Sierra/Affinity is selling Place Beyond the Pines internationally, while WME and CAA are co-representing domestic rights.

Produced by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Place Beyond the Pines did brisk presales business when first introduced at the Cannes Film Market in May by Sierra/Affinity. A number of key territory deals were signed, including for the U.K. and France.

Foreign distributors already securing rights to Place Beyond the Pines will be invited to see the footage, as well as distributors—including U.S. buyers--mulling a possible deal.

In the movie, Gosling plays a professional motorcycle stunt rider who turns to bank robberies to support his newborn son, but when he crosses paths with a rookie police officer, played by Cooper, their violent confrontation spirals into a tense generational feud tracing the intersecting lives of fathers and sons, cops and robbers, heroes and villains.

“It looks spectacular. It’s poignant, it’s epic and Derek shows once again what a great filmmaker he is. The cast is fantastic, and the confidence that SKE showed in the producers and filmmakers is evident in what you see on the screen,” Meyer said.

The producers of Place Beyond the Pines are Sidney Kimmel, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky and Jamie Patricof.

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