Linklater's 12-Year Project 'Boyhood' is Last Minute Sundance Addition
by Alex Billington
January 13, 2014
Sundance has some last minute surprises. The festival, starting up this Thursday, announced a last minute addition to the line-up - Richard Linklater's 12 year project Boyhood, chronicling "12 years in the life of a family." Linklater has been filming this project down in Texas over the last 12 years, following one boy as he grows up in reality, not just on film. It also stars Ethan Hawke (last seen in Linklater's Before Midnight at Sundance 2013), who said he shot his first scene when he was 33 - now he's 43 years old, and now the film is finally seeing the light of day. This early preview screening at Sundance 2014 will run nearly 3 hours long.
Here's the complete Sundance 2014 guide listing for the last minute addition, screening on Sunday night:
Boyhood / U.S.A. (Director & Screenwriter: Richard Linklater) — Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a groundbreaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the center is Mason, who with his sister Samantha, are taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood. Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater.
In the press release announcing the screening they added this info: "Sundance Institute today announced that the 2014 Sundance Film Festival will host special preview screenings of Boyhood by Richard Linklater, premiering Sunday, January 19, 9:45 p.m. at the Eccles Theatre." This brings the grand total to 121 films playing at Sundance 2014, spread across a number of different categories, with 35 in competition. This is one of our most anticipated films at the festival, following up Linklater's Before Midnight last year. I was a bit let down that this wasn't a part of the first batch of listings, but I am so happy to see it made the cut in the end. We'll definitely be there to see this film on Sunday night. Stay tuned for updates in the meantime.