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Linklater's Boyhood is film to beat for Berlin top prizes

Published on Feb 15, 2014 10:32 AM
(From left) Producer Cathleen Sutherland, director, screenwriter and producer Richard Linklater and cast members Lorelei Linklater, Ellar Coltrane and Patricia Arquette pose during a photocall to promote the movie Boyhood during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, on Feb 13, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) - Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale Boyhood seemed the odds-on favourite to capture the Golden Bear top prize at the Berlin film festival Saturday, but dramas from Northern Ireland and Germany were hot on its heels.

Critics and audiences swooned over Linklater's latest picture, a moving, leisurely paced story made over a 12-year period with the same actors including Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and the director's own daughter Lorelei.

If it doesn't capture the gold among the 20 international contenders, commentators said a Silver Bear award for best actor for its star, Ellar Contrane, or a best director gong for Linklater could be on the cards.

"It is 164 minutes short and, mildly put, fantastic," Berlin's daily Der Tagesspiegel wrote Friday, joining a chorus of praise for "Boyhood" in a year with only a handful of standout pictures.

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