Boyhood (Dir. Richard Linklater, 2014)
UPDATED (youtube was redirecting me to a different trailer, but the correct trailer is now viewable above. Thanks, anon.)
In 2002, Richard Linklater began production on a comin-of-age film that would redefine “coming-of-age” and explore a profound and new way in which a story could be told.
At the age of 7, young leading male Ellar Coltrane began (along with the rest of the cast including Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) a 12 year excursion in cinema, making history for the medium and creating a film that has never been made before. Sure, we have all seen the token films of the genre, but Linklater’s latest is an innovation in not only the genre, but the medium as well.
For 12 years, the cast and crew created “Boyhood” that explores the (very literal) coming of age of Mason, a very typical boy in a very typical family. Through triumphs and trials, the film follows Mason and his family from the time he is in first grade until he graduates from high school.
The film premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. It later competed at the Berlin International Film Festival, and most recently at SXSW this past March, winning various prizes at each for both directing and writing, and obviously, ambitious production on the whole.
Above is the first trailer and it looks nothing short of amazing. It is truly exciting what is happening with cinema.
"Boyhood" opens nationwide July 11, 2014.