With his adaptation of M. L. Stedman‘s bestselling novel, writer-director Derek Cianfrance wanted to make The Light Between Oceans a cross between a John Cassavettes movie and a Dean Lean film, a personal tale told against an epic backdrop. Cianfrance, both in his films and in person, proudly wears his influences on his sleeves, but The Light Between Oceans still features staples we’re now coming to expect from the filmmaker behind Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines.
Like the relationships in Cianfrance’s two previous dramas, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and Isabel Graysmark’s (Alicia Vikander) intense love for each other is tangible, intimate and often painful. When Isabel first enters a room, Tom’s face is lit up as if a miracle is unfolding before him. As Cianfrance tells us, he wants these seemingly minor moments to feel grand — but that’s not all we talk about with the filmmaker.
Below, read our Derek Cianfrance interview, in which he discusses with us the themes that tie his body of work together, his dreams of longevity as a director, the 209 hours of footage he shot for The Light Between Oceans, and more.
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We’ve already seen two trailers so far for Derek Cianfrance‘s upcoming film, The Light Between Oceans. The latest trailer is almost more of a teaser, condensing some of what we saw in the previous footage, but it’s another promising look at the Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines director’s latest film, which stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Weisz.
Below, watch the new The Light Between Oceans trailer.
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After delivering the extremely bleak and poignant dramas The Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine, director Derek Cianfrance is back to tug at your heartstrings again, this time with an adaptation of M.L. Stedman‘s novel The Light Between Oceans.
The drama stars Michael Fassbender as a lighthouse keeper, living with his wife (Alicia Vikander) on a remote island in Australia. One day a tiny boat appears near their shore with a baby girl inside of it, leaving them to raise her as their own daughter. But things get complicated when happenstance brings the child’s true mother (Rachel Weisz) into their life. As you can guess, a moral quandary presents itself, and thus begins the drama.
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One of our most exciting young directors is about to team up with one of our most exciting young actors. Michael Fassbender has just signed to star in The Light Between Oceans, directed by Derek Cianfrance. The film, an adaptation of a novel by M.L. Stedman, is about a lighthouse keeper who decides to secretly raise a young infant found in a shipwreck.
While that’s extremely intriguing on it’s own, here’s an even juicier morsel. Reports are Fassbender will shoot this film next, followed by Prometheus 2, which he recently said is happening. But where does that leave Assassin’s Creed, the video game adaptation that already has an August 7, 2015 release date? Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Though he only has three features to his name — one of which, Brother Tied, was little seen to begin with and isn’t even available on home video now — Derek Cianfrance has already established himself as a filmmaker worth paying attention to. Today, a new video does just that. Described as a “guided tour” of the process behind Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, Kees van Dijkhuizen‘s Insight: Derek Cianfrance combines the footage and Cianfrance’s DVD audio commentary from the two movies. Think of it as a commentary track for people who don’t have four hours to spend re-watching the films, if you like. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
The guy who made Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines is now set to direct a film about clowns on a drunken rampage. Derek Cianfrance says he’s attached to make A Cotton Candy Autopsy, and he’s got his Place Beyond the Pines supporting actor Ben Mendelsohn to star.
The story is one that real old comics nerds might know, as it was the first issue in DC’s short lived “serious adult” comics anthology Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children that ran from ’89 to ’92. Dave Louapre wrote and Dan Sweetman drew the 30 issues of the series, of which A Cotton Candy Autopsy was the first. The story opens with a circus burning down, and follows a set of friends (or “friends”) from under the big top as they flee on a weird road trip. Read More »
Briefly: Derek Cianfrance is best known for heavy indie dramas like Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, but his commercial work shows that he’s got an interest in sports. Those various tendencies may well collide in a film that he’s just been attached to direct.
Focus Features pulled the rights to adapt the book ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun out of turnaround when Fox decided not to make the movie. Now Focus has set Cianfrance to direct the film that will tell the story of the formation of ESPN.
Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Social Network) will produce with Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell. No writer has been hired to script at this point. [The Wrap]
Posted on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 by Angie Han
Derek Cianfrance knows a thing or two about tricky family relationships, judging by his previous works. Brother Tied explored a troubled sibling rivalry, Blue Valentine examined the breakdown of a once-promising marriage, and The Place Beyond the Pines saw fathers unwittingly passing their sins down to their sons.
His next directorial effort continues in a similar vein, though this time the family’s biggest problem seems to come from outsiders rather than from each other. Cianfrance has signed on for DreamWorks’ The Light Between Oceans, an adaptation of the bestselling novel by M.L. Stedman. Get the plot details after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Between his debut feature Brother Tied and his sophomore effort Blue Valentine, filmmaker Derek Cianfrance spent twelve years in what he describes as “the cinematic desert.” But he himself readily acknowledges that bounced back a better director, and the excellent Blue Valentine and the upcoming The Place Beyond the Pines seem to bear him out.
The new crime epic follows two families over two generations and fifteen years. Ryan Gosling plays a new father desperate to make some money, Bradley Cooper an eager rookie cop who tries to stop him, and Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen their respective sons, who feel the consequences of their fathers’ actions. The film earned strong reviews at TIFF last year, and and is just now beginning its theatrical rollout.
At a recent press day in New York City, I got to sit down for a few minutes with the director. Despite his proclivity toward emotionally devastating movies, Cianfrance was quite friendly in person, even offering me a Pines-printed cupcake on my way out. But before that, we chatted about that first feature, fatherhood, the “irresponsibility” of violent films, the difference between movies and TV, and much more.
Be warned that there are some spoilers for the movie up ahead. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, just skip over the questions about The Place Beyond the Pines.
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The Place Beyond the Pines is not the movie you think it is. That’s a good thing. Derek Cianfrance has created an epic generational drama that uses police and crime movie tropes as background to tell a bigger story about the consequences of action.
Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Dane DeHaan star in roles that each challenge our perceptions of the character types, and Cianfrance’s script (co-written with Ben Coccio and Darius Marder) unfolds at a methodical pace. This allows the viewer to live in several very different worlds that possibly should never have connected. It’s a strong new effort from the filmmaker who became famous for his 2010 effort Blue Valentine. Read More »