Coming off a successful festival run with wins at the Berlin International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival and Seattle International Film Festival, IFC Films drama Boyhood has been bestowed the Truly Moving Picture Award from nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film. The industry award is given to select theatrically-released films for their ability to inspire filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of the art form. Submissions are received directly from studios and distributors for consideration.
“A stirring collection of moments that span 12 years of a boy’s life, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is nothing short of a masterpiece,” said Heartland Film Artistic Director Tim Irwin. “Both innovative and introspective, the film is a raw slice of Americana that showcases the full range of the human experience. We are proud to honor Boyhood with Heartland Film’s Truly Moving Picture Award.”
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 will be released in select theaters July 11 and everywhere July 18, 2014.