It's that time of the year when awards buzz tends to end up as a whistle in the wind, but if early word is to be believed, Richard Linklater's latest film Boyhood may be different. The general feeling on this one is that it may just percolate in the memories of Academy voters long enough to make an impression next March.
Twelve years in the making, Boyhood stars Ethan Hawke (Before Midnight), Patricia Arquette (Girl In Progress), Lori Linklater and, most importantly, Ellar Coltrane (Fast Food Nation), who grows up right before our very eyes. Working from a script written by Richard Linklater, the director and his cast and crew have reconvened every year since 2002 (when Ellar was just seven) to spend a few weeks shooting the story of a family anchored around Mason (Ellar) and his sister Samantha (Lori Linklater).
Sundance Film Festival critics have hailed it "a unique work in American cinema" and "an audacious feat of filmmaking". We'll see what the fuss is about when Boyhood gets its UK release on 11 July.