Film starring Mark Ruffalo starts shooting in R.I.

Actor Mark Ruffalo right arrives for the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.
Actor Mark Ruffalo right arrives for the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An independent feature starring Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo has started shooting in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island Film & TV Office said Tuesday that ‘‘Infinitely Polar Bear’’ has begun local production. Shooting is expected to take place in and around Providence over about six weeks.

The film, set in 1978, follows the story of a manic depressive father trying to take care of his two young daughters while his wife works on her MBA. Zoe Saldana plays Ruffalo’s wife.

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Steven Feinberg, executive director of the state film office, calls the script heartwarming and cleverly written. Writer and Director Maya Forbes says she’s thrilled to be shooting in Rhode Island and has ‘‘big love for Little Rhody.’’

Ruffalo was nominated for best supporting actor for ‘‘The Kids Are All Right.’’