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, Booyhood 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. The film is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting.The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival,and was released theatrically on July 11, 2014. It also competed in the main competition section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, where Linklater won the Silver Bear for Best Director. Boyhood was declared a landmark by many notable film critics, with particular praise for its direction, acting, and scope.