Introduced by Richard Linklater
(Richard Linklater, 2014)
Reception | 5:30 PM
On the occasion of the release of Boyhood—a film that many are already calling his masterpiece—we revisit the career of the revered American independent director Richard Linklater, picking up where a previous Wexner Center retrospective left off in 2000. Linklater has continued the often-audacious formal gestures found in his early films, such as Slacker (1991) and Dazed and Confused (1993), in such subsequent films as Tape, Boyhood, his Before trilogy (which we’re screening in full). He has also directed what quickly became an all-ages classic, School of Rock, along with a handful of other films that display his risk-taking and versatility. We’re honored to present this second retrospective of one our greatest directors.
Today’s most engaging and inventive directors, producers, and film professionals join us to introduce their work and answer questions after most screenings.
“Isn’t quite like anything else in the history of cinema.”
— Andrew O’Hehir (Salon) on Boyhood
“This movie might make you cry for reasons you can’t quite articulate.”
—Tim Grierson, Paste
Join us for an evening with Richard Linklater as the revered director discusses his remarkable career in film, which has included such landmarks in American cinema as Slacker (1991), Dazed and Confused (1993), the Before trilogy (1995–2013), and his latest masterpiece Boyhood. Linklater will introduce the film and stay for a Q&A session after the screening. Arrive early for a free public reception with the director in our lower lobby.
Evoking elements of Michael Apted’s famed Up documentary series and his own Before trilogy, Linklater’s Boyhood follows 12 years in the life of the young boy Mason (Ellar Coltrane) as well as the lives of his divorced parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) and their individual struggles to find happiness. Linklater began shooting the film in 2002, gathering his actors each subsequent year to continue his depiction of the emotional (and physical) growth of a boy and his family from the time Mason is in the first grade to when he’s leaving for college. It’s certain to be atop many “best of” lists at year’s end, and many are describing it as the strongest work in Linklater’s stellar career. (164 mins., DCP)
$10 members, students, seniors
$12 general public
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS FOR FILM/VIDEO
Rohauer Collection Foundation
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council