IFC Films has announced that it will release writer/director Richard Linklater’s phenomenal 12-years-in-the-making drama Boyhood this summer on July 11th. The film stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as a divorced couple raising their son (Ellar Coltrane), and it was shot over a period of 12 years. Linkalter filmed scenes for the pic every year for over a decade with the same actors, and the result is a movie that tracks the adolescence of young Mason through the formative experiences that shape and mold him into the man he will become. I caught the pic at Sundance and it’s a tremendous, highly emotional achievement. It’s truly amazing to see Coltrane literally grow up onscreen, and Linklater perfectly encapsulates the shared human experience of “growing up” with grace and poignancy.
Hit the jump to read the full press release and click here to read Matt’s review from Sundance. When Boyhood reaches a theater near you, I implore you to seek it out. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before.