There are long-gestating films that take forever to make due to complications and circumstance. Then there’s the rare one that takes years by design.
Richard Linklater has been making Boyhood since 2002. The film isn’t delayed or in trouble or anything like that. Boyhood is designed to chronicle the growth of a boy from age 6 to his last year of high school at 17 or 18. Ellar Salmon plays the boy through the entire film, because Linklater has shot the movie essentially in sequence, creating new scenes each year since ’02 as Salmon grew.
Ethan Hawke plays the boy’s stepfather and Patricia Arquette his mother. There are similar projects to this one — Paul Almond and Michael Apted’s Up series qualifies — but no dramatic narrative quite like Boyhood. We’ve known about the film for a long time but didn’t know when we’d be able to see it. Now, Hawke says it should hit next year, in 2014.
The actor told The Huffington Post the film is “the most truly original, revolutionary thing I’ve ever been a part of.” Hawke just shot his last part for the film, and says Linklater is shooting one more bit in November. Then “it will be at Sundance or Cannes or Berlin or something next year.”
Bare jeg som synes dette hørtes uhyre spennende ut? Linklater en virkelig en filmskaper jeg har stor beundring for. Krysser fingrene for at dette blir en unik og engasjerende filmopplevelse.