Richard Linklater’s Boyhood to Open BAMcinemaFest 2014

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BAM announced recently that the New York premiere of director Richard Linklater’s new film Boyhood will open the sixth annual BAMcinemaFest being held June 18th to the 29th in Brooklyn, NY. The film originally premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film festival to ecstatic reviews, and also competed in the main competition of the 64th Berlinale where it won the Silver Bear for Best Director for Linklater and was also nominated for the festival’s Golden Bear top prize.

“Shot over the course of 12 years from 2001—2013, this sprawling portrait of American family life follows its young hero (Ellar Coltrane) as he makes his way from childhood to his early college years. As time drifts by, he learns to navigate his relationship with his divorced parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette), tests the waters with various forms of rebellion, and discovers a passion for photography.”

Gabriel Caroti, director of BAMcinématek, said of the film, “We are ecstatic and honored to open BAMcinemaFest with Boyhood, another bold achievement by Richard Linklater and a film with the emotional power and aesthetic ambition of American independent cinema at its best. Linklater is a pioneer and a strong influence on countless young filmmakers today, and Boyhoodis the perfect way to unveil our sixth edition of the festival—a showcase for these emerging artists.”

The complete festival slate will be announced soon, but check back at the fest’s official site here for updates.

Sean Hutchinson

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