Shot over 12 years between 2002 and 2013, and tracking boy actor Ellar Coltrane’s coming-of-age, “Boyhood” world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. It went on to take the Berlin Festival’s Best Director Silver Bear and to be hailed as a masterpiece by many critics.
“Whatever else it may be — an epic cinematic bildungsroman, an aughties pop-culture time capsule, an apt demonstration of Jacques Rivette’s maxim that every film is a documentary of its own making — ‘Boyhood’ feels above all like that great movie rarity, a fully realized experiment,” Justin Chang wrote in Variety.
Financed by IFC Films, “Boyhood” co-stars Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater. Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring and John Sloss produced.
The plaudit from the world’s leading film critics’ org is given to titles premiered since Aug. 1 2013. 553 Fipresci members voted. “Boyhood” ended up “in a comfortable first place,” Fipresci announced Friday, beating out three other final-round finalists: Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Winter Sleep.”
Launched 1999, the Fipresci Grand Prix has been won by Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodovar, Jean-Luc Godard and Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Linklater now joins their ranks.
“Boyhood” will receive a special screening at the San Sebastian Festival on Sept. 19, where the Fipresci Grand Prix will be presented during the event’s opening gala, a tradition since 1999.