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'Pines' receives plaudits after Glasgow Film Festival screenings

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Director Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines," filmed in Schenectady County, was screened on Saturday and Sunday at the Glasgow Film Festival in Scotland, which ran from Feb. 14 to 24.

The festival, now in its ninth year, consisted of 368 screenings, panel discussions, live performances and special events with total admission of 39,106.

The film received plaudits from the Glasgow Journal, a publication aimed at young journalists and distributed to some 80,000 college students.

The review in the Journal carried the headline: "Derek Cianfrance's riveting drama could well be 2013's best."

"One of Cianfrance’s best displayed strengths is his depiction of the sleepy upstate New York suburbia, making the ordinary seem often dark and haunting," wrote Glasgow Journal film critic Blair C. Dingwall. "Cianfrance’s film is a thrilling, original example of outstanding American film-making that’s superbly acted, scored and written."

The movie is expected to open in major American cities on March 29, and a local premiere is in the planning stages, according to officials.

The film synopsis in the Glasgow Film Festival program reads:

"Reunited after their unforgettable collaboration on "Blue Valentine," Ryan Gosling and writer/director Derek Cianfrance have created a supremely stylish crime drama that matures into a rich, complex tale of family, fate, guilt and the unbearable demands of modern masculinity. Gosling is a motorcycle stunt rider working for a travelling circus and happy to drift from town to town, free of commitments or restrictions. When he discovers that he has a baby son, he takes the responsibility seriously. Robbing banks is his means of family support but that soon puts him at odds with an ambitious cop with an idealistic belief in justice. Both men must address the sins of the past in a powerful American epic."



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