Indiewire has exclusively learned that Richard Linklater’s hugely anticipated drama “Boyhood” will be closing this year’s True/False Film Festival. Filmed over a whopping twelve years, “Boyhood” follows a boy and his parents as they grow together as a unit. Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette star.
“Boyhood,” a narrative drama, is a surprising choice to close a festival devoted to nonfiction storytelling. In a statement explaining the selection, True/False stated:
“Although ‘Boyhood’ is clearly a work of fiction, the intricacies and challenges Linklater and team faced in producing situate it more in the company of nonfiction films, where production timelines are measure more often in years than in the weeks of conventional fiction filmmaking.
“For most casual filmgoers, the role of the producer may be mysterious, in part because their efforts are designed to be invisible onscreen. But a film like ‘Boyhood,’ seamless as a viewing experience, also demands that we acknowledge the epic care and attention to detail than went into its creation. What’s more, Linklater’s artistic process, by necessity, took into account the natural meanderings of his actor’s lives, lending a verisimilitude to the action missing from many other fiction films.”
The film will play on Sunday, March 2 at Jesse Hall in downtown Columbia, Missouri. IFC Films is handling the theatrical release of the drama.
The True/False Film Fest runs Feb. 27 to Match 2. Go here for the full lineup.