Boyhood

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USA | 2014 | 164 minutes | Richard Linklater

October 24 - 30, 2014

Back by popular demand, one week only! | Richard Linklater's triumphant and original coming-of-age epic is one of the highest praised films of the year and winner of SIFF’s 2014 Golden Space Needle Awards for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress (Patricia Arquette).

Shot over the course of 12 years, Boyhood is seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (Ellar Coltrane in a breakthrough performance), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Along with his estranged parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) and sister (Lorelei Linklater), Mason charts the rocky terrain of childhood through the snapshots of adolescence: road trips, family dinners, birthdays and graduations, and all the moments in between.

Set to a soundtrack spanning the years–from Coldplay's "Yellow" to Arcade Fire's "Deep Blue"–Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It's impossible not to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.


"The best movie of the year, a four-star game-changer that earns its place in the cultural time capsule" – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"An extraordinarily intimate portrait of a life unfolding and an exceptional, unconventional film in which not much else occurs. Never has so little meant more." – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

"Linklater's blockbuster-level special effect is time itself, and the fact that he was able to pull the movie off at all is some kind of filmmaking miracle." – Paul Constant, The Stranger

"The year's most captivating narrative experiment, and possibly the most engrossing coming-of-age movie in the history of the genre." – John Hartl, Seattle Times

"Boyhood is a stunt, an epic, a home video, and a benediction. It reminds us of what movies could be and - far more important - what life actually is." – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

  • Director: Richard Linklater
  • Principal Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 164 minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: IFC Films