I’d say the battle over what, exactly, might constitute Sundance’s hottest ticket has been concluded. After some rumors, whispers, and the like purported that Richard Linklater would, for the second consecutive year, premiere a long-developing project in Park City, the festival’s official website has confirmed — with two photos, both of which may very well have been composed pre-Iraq War — that Boyhood, following 12 years of shooting, is complete and ready to be screened. The premiere will take place on Sunday, January 19th at 9:45 p.m. at the Eccles Theatre.
As you’ve no doubt heard of it through the years, all that time filled with curiosity about what might exist beyond the logline — Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play the divorced parents of a seven-year-old boy (newcomer Ellar Coltran) who endure various parenting struggles, chronicled until he’s around 18 — it, to my mind, would be the most worthwhile announcement that’s stemmed from this year’s festivities; the most intriguing in many years, even.
For a picture filmed in stops and starts between 2002 and 2013, Boyhood‘s 164-minute runtime feels almost slight — remove a possible seven minutes of credits, and that’s an average of about 13 minutes per year — and because this can’t help but stand as such a big curiosity, only creates more inquiries and possibilities. How hard it is to believe that they’ll likely, finally be answered (if only for a select few) in as little as six days’ time.
Are you looking forward to what Linklater and company finally amassed?