(Boyhood) Director: Richard Linklater, USA, 2014, English version / Czech subtitles, 163 min
Three films on the love between Jesse and Céline – in its own way, the trilogy Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight was a unique directorial effort, but Richard Linklater’s latest film Boyhood is even more remarkable. Each year beginning in 2002, the filmmaker and the same cast shot a segment of the film, thereby capturing the childhood and adolescence of protagonist Mason from his elementary-school beginnings through his admission to university. Over the course of 12 years a work developed whose uncommon authenticity surprised and moved audiences at this year’s Berlinale. Young and inexperienced Ellar Coltrane as Mason grows before our eyes from a child into a young man prepared to face life, the characters around him changing and maturing as well – his sister (the director’s daughter Lorelei) and his parents (Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke). And the world in which they live changes, too – seen in innovations in technology, literature and art, as well as in shifts in verbal expression and musical tastes – yet all references to the particular present come across naturally, without the audience noting any jumps or shifts in time.
Academy Awards: 6 Nominations - Winner for Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette)