SCHENECTADY “If you’re going to ride like lightning, you’re going to crash like thunder.”
It’s advice Ben Mendelsohn’s character gives to Ryan Gosling in Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines.” And it can be heard in a trailer that debuted Friday on Yahoo! Movies.
The two-and-a-half minute preview gives a sampling of the epic film that takes place and was filmed around Schenectady County. The movie is set to be released in select theaters at the end of March after debuting to generally positive reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
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The footage featured in the trailer shows brief glimpses of the places Cianfrance used as backdrops for the film. One scene shows Gosling walking through a crowd at the Altamont Fair and another on a stunt motorcycle ripping through Vale Cemetery in Schenectady.
Another shows actor Bradley Cooper clad in Schenectady Police dress blues speaking at City Hall. He stands before the podium bearing the city crest that is used during proclamations.
The trailer only gives a vague idea of the narrative. Described as “an epic crime drama,” the 140-minute film is a three-part serial story about how one misstep can lead to a generation of turmoil. Gosling plays Luke Glanton, a carnival stunt motorcycle rider who unexpectedly learns he has fathered a son with Romina, a Latino diner waitress played by Eva Mendes.
Learning about the child brings new meaning to the life of Gosling’s character, but also drives him to a life of crime. And a botched robbery intersects his path with Avery Cross — a rookie Schenectady cop played by Bradley Cooper — touching off a decades-long conflict between the two families.
Cianfrance’s connections to Schenectady played a major role in his choosing the city as the gritty backdrop for his film. His wife, Shannon Plumb, grew up in the Schenectady area and lobbied him to use the Electric City; Ben Coccio, a former Niskayuna resident who wrote the screenplay, also lobbied the director to shoot in the Electric City.
Originally a documentarian, Cianfrance aims for realism in his films and thus relied on dozens of local residents for speaking roles. The film features Schenectady police officers, a city school district guidance counselor, a local pharmacy owner and an area banker for credited roles in the film — even longtime state Sen. Hugh Farley was given a few lines toward the end of the film.
Focus Features, a division of NBC Universal, purchased the film less than two days after the last screening in Toronto, where it was one of the most eagerly anticipated movies being shown. The film is initially scheduled for release in several large cities March 29 and will likely reach the Capital Region in April, according to a spokesman with the company.