With just under two months to go until our favorite film of the summer hits theaters, today we’ve got the first actual footage from Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. If you rightly avoided the trailer due to it showing off bits from the entire 12-year journey, one might be pleased with the first two clips, which are from earlier in the film, getting a glimpse at Mason (Ellar Coltrane) discovering a certain something with his friend, as well as playing with his father (Ethan Hawke) and sister (Lorelei Linklater). In our review we said that “this is a film of many small moments, all added together to make something quite wonderful.” Check out the clips below (with one including Weezer) and our extensive interview with the director and his star here.
Filmed over 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 before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD 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 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 to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.
Boyhood hits theaters on July 11th and tickets are now available for NYC’s IFC Center.