Richard Linklater’s long awaited “Boyhood” will premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, where it will screen on Sunday night. It’s a welcome surprise addition to the Sundance schedule. In fact, we just listed “Boyhood” as one of the 50 Films Indiewire Wants to See in 2014.
For years known only as
“Linklater’s 12 Year Project,” the nearly completed “Boyhood” is said to
have begun production in Houston in the summer of 2002 and reportedly
completed shooting in late 2013. Filmed over short periods from
2002 to 2013, “Boyhood” is a groundbreaking cinematic experience
covering 12 years in the life of a family involving a divorced couple (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette). At the center is their son Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who with
his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), are taken on an emotional and transcendent journey
through the years, from childhood to adulthood. The
experimental production has largely been shrouded in secrecy as
Linklater has returned to it each summer.
With the addition of “Boyhood,” the 2014 Sundance Film
Festival in Utah, which kicks off on Thursday, will present 121 feature-length films, including 35 in