Richard Linklater's new film "Boyhood" was one of the most buzzed about films when it premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie has since won a coveted Silver Bear award for Best Director at the Berlin Festival and wowed audiences with a special prize at SXSW.
IFC is releasing the Sundance hit which features a career making performance by newcomer Ellar Coltrane.
Linklater is known for his eye for talent, ear for pop culture savvy dialogue and "fly on the wall" approach to narrative filmmaking. What was so refreshing about the movie is that the filmmaker took a risk on an unknown talent and it paid off.
Richard Linklater collaborates again with Ethan Hawke who first worked with the auteur in Before Sunrise. The pair have created their own trilogy of films that have spanned twenty years and earned them an Academy Award for "Before Sunset" which won Best Screenplay in 2005.
"Boyhood" is historic because Linklater follows young Mason from ages 6 to 18.
The audience is allowed to experience the awkward growing pains over 12 years of Ellar Coltrane's adolescence from grade school to his graduation day from highschool.
The movie is unique because the young actor is so riveting to watch. We are first introduced to the adorable actor who looks like the mirror image of Ethan Hawke who plays his slacker father.
Shooting on the film was done during short periods of time from 2002 to 2013. The film is so relatable because everyone has their own childhood experiences.
"Boyhood opens via IFC Films in limited release on July 11th.
We recommend that you take a break from the summer fare of rebooted superhero sequels and check out Linklater's latest work which speaks to a whole new generation.
Boyhood stars Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater.
Checkout some of Richard Linklater's classic films: Our favorites are Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Waking Life and Gen X flick Slacker.