Last Flag Flying Opens New York Film Festival

Richard Linklarer’s Last Flag Flying will open this year’s New York Film Festival.  It stars Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne who are Navy veterans that reunite to bury the son of Carell’s character, who has been killed in the Iraq War.  Last Flag Flying is supposed to be a quasi-sequel to the 1973 Hal Ashby comedy The Last Detail. 

NYFF Director and selection committee chair said in statement “Last Flag Flying is many things at once — infectiously funny, quietly shattering, celebratory, mournful, meditative, intimate, expansive, vastly entertaining, and all-American in the very best sense,” NYFF director and selection committee chair Kent Jones said in a statement. “But to isolate its individual qualities is to set aside the most important and precious fact about this movie: that it all flows like a river. That’s only possible with remarkable artists like Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston, and a master like Richard Linklater behind the camera.”

Each year, the New York Film Festival becomes more and more a precursor to the Oscars. It’s not quite Telleride or Toronto, but it is beginning to make a name for itself. Previous opening films include The Walk, Gone Girl and Captain Phillips. Last years Oscar Best Picture Moonlight was one of the featured films that played NY. 

The New York Film Festival runs Sept. 28 – Oct. 15.

Amazon Studios will release the film on Oscar friendly date of November 17th. 

The Movie That Took 12 Years to Shoot

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BOYHOOD written and directed by Richard Linklater was shot for 3 or 4 days at time over a 12 year period. Filming began in 2002 in Houston, Texas and completed in October of 2013. Ellar Coltrane plays the boy Mason who was 6 years old when filming began. Throughout the movie we see the real Coltrane aging to 18 years old.

BOYHOOD premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It also competed in the main competition section of the Berlin International Film Festival where Linklater won the Silver Bear for Best Director.

BOYHOOD is scheduled to be release July 11th.