Richard Linklater has said that the true subject of film is time, “If cinema was a painting, time would be the paint itself.”*
In Linklater’s wondrous epic, “Boyhood,” shot for three days each year for 12 years, the movie magic is real as Mason (Ellar Coltrane), a cherubic six-year-old grows into a watchful young artist and college freshman eager to grab his future.
“Boyhood,” unlike any other film, examines both the hard-won and inevitable changes that affect Mason, his divorced mother (Patricia Arquette), older sister Samantha (Linklater’s daughter Lorelei–the only cast member the director was entirely confident would be available each year) and his father (Ethan Hawke). The routines and rhythms of daily life, specific to this family yet universal, feel honest, and have their own beauty.
“Boyhood” will have a sneak preview on Thursday, July 10 in New York at the IFC Center and the BAM Harvey Theater (giant, gorgeous screen) and open on Friday, July 11, adding Lincoln Plaza Cinema and in Los Angeles. There will be Q&As and intros with Linklater and Coltrane on July 10, 11 and 12 . Click on the theaters’ links for more info.
To read Sean Axmaker’s fascinating interview with Linklater for Fandor’s Keyframe, click here.
*(For me, the true subject of photography is light.)