Grand Prix — Best Film of the Year
USA, 2014, 165 mins
Richard Linklater’s 12year project Boyhood was chosen the best film of the past year. The poll gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world. This is the first time a film by Richard Linklater receives FIPRESCI’s Grand Prix. Boyhood follows the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from ages 6 to 18, accompanying his personal and family conflicts and everyday questions as he grows up. With a faithful cast and crew, the film was shot over a period of twelve years, thus allowing the characters and also the actors, especially young lead Coltrane, to evolve before the spectator’s gaze during 165 minutes. Mason’s family is interpreted by a deeply touching Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as the annoying older sister.