Luke Glanton creeps his off-road motorcycle to a stop at the traffic light at State Street and Brandywine Avenue.
Ashes hang uncomfortably from the cigarette butt dangling from his lips. He’s facing the TrustCo bank on the corner, his face illuminated by the red glare of the signal.
The light turns green, but he doesn’t move. Instead, he stares forward at the revolving bank sign as traffic passes.
’The Place Beyond the Pines’
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The scene foreshadows the drama about to unfold for Ryan Gosling’s character in “The Place Beyond the Pines.” The green light symbolize Glanton’s decision to embrace life as a bank robber. And it’s the scene Focus Features has chosen to market Derek Cianfrance’s latest film.
On Tuesday, the subsidiary of NBC Universal released an official promotional poster for the motion picture shot exclusively in Schenectady and several communities on the periphery of the city. The film slated for a limited release in some cities on March 29 stars Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes, who are all featured prominently on the poster.
The three stars float over the movie title, which is set on a grainy backdrop of the intersection. Below the title, Gosling’s character sits on a motorcycle at the intersection, looking toward the stately bank building that will become the first he robs.
Described as “an epic crime drama,” the 140-minute film is a three-part serial about how one misstep can lead to a generation of turmoil. Glanton is a carnival stunt motorcycle rider who unexpectedly learns he has fathered a son with Romina, a Latino diner waitress played by Mendes. Learning about the child brings new meaning to the life of Gosling’s character, but also drives him to start robbing banks to support his son.
His string of robberies causes him to intersect with Avery Cross — a rookie Schenectady cop played by Cooper — touching off a decades-long conflict between the two families.
Cianfrance’s wife, Shannon Plumb, grew up in the area and lobbied him to use the Electric City.
Focus Features indicated the film should reach theaters elsewhere in the Capital Region sometime in April.
Local theaters are anxious to get the film on their screens. Joe Masher, chief operating officer of Bow Tie Cinemas, said he’s been actively negotiating with the company to ensure his theater in Schenectady has the film once its released.
“We are in discussion with the studio now,” he said.