Richard Linklater is a rare example of an artist whose desire to experiment goes hand in hand with a lack of pretension. He is a great bard of everyday life, of those lingering moments that sometimes reveal a flicker of true magic. This documentary film about him is entirely deserved. It shows the successive stages in the director’s life with a clear sense of admiration and a gentle lyricism: his youth, when he was planning to be a writer; the making of his debut film, Slacker, which has become an important point of reference for independent artists; his subsequent ups and downs; his cautious flirtation with the mainstream; and also the period when, for more than a decade, he systematically shot his magnum opus, the multiple-award-winning and critically acclaimed Boyhood. Linklater comes across as a human being who is comfortable and focused on his work: the eternal boy whose main dream is to be able to keep telling stories, both ordinary and extraordinary.
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This out-of-competition section features giants of American pop culture David Lynch: The Art Life, dir. Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes and Olivia Neergaard-Hol; Richard Linklater – Dream Is Destiny, dir. Karen Bernstein and Louis Black; Gimme Danger (about Iggy Pop and The Stooges) dir. Jim Jarmusch. Special treats include the winner of South by South West, an animated documentary Tower, dir. Keith Maitland, about the 1966 massacre on the University of Texas campus) and a film that won the prize for best director at Sundance – Life, Animated, dir. Roger Ross Williams, about an autistic boy who communicates with the world via Disney cartoons.
- 21 x New York director: Piotr Stasik
- David Lynch The Art Life director: Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, Olivia Neergaard-Holm
- Floating on Fire, All These Voices director: David Gerson, Bartek Bartos, Piotr Bartos
- Gimme Danger director: Jim Jarmusch
- Life, Animated director: Roger Ross Williams
- Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo director: David Fairhead
- Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny director: Louis Black, Karen Bernstein
- The Last Laugh director: Ferne Pearlstein
- Tower director: Keith Maitland