'Boyhood’: The Real Story Behind the Cinematic Event of the Year

Richard Linklater’s film follows Mason (Ellar Coltrane) over the course of 12 years, from the age of 6 to the age of 18.

NEW YORK — Filmmaker Richard Linklater cast Ellar Coltrane, now 20, for the lead role in his opus “Boyhood,” which debuts in Israel on Thursday, when Coltrane was six.