* AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Opening July 25

Directed by Richard Linklater; starring Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater

Filmed over an astonishing 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, this film charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years. This film is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting; it's impossible to watch Mason and his family without thinking about your own journey.

DIR/SCR/PROD Richard Linklater; PROD Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, Cathleen Sutherland. US, 2014, color, 164 min, DCP. RATED R

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