By Erin Strecker
Updated January 13, 2014 at 06:00 PM EST

Richard Linklater is no stranger to daunting projects (look no further than Before Midnight and its beloved predecessors). But his newest film, Boyhood, may be his most ambitious yet. Starring Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater and Ethan Hawke, the new film, written by Linklater as well, will have a special preview screening Jan. 19 at Sundance, the festival announced today.

“[Boyhood is] also known as The Twelve Year Project,” Hawke said in a chat last year. “Richard Linklater and I have made a short film every year for the last 11 years, one more to go, that follows the development of a young boy from age 6 to 18. I play the father, and it’s Tolstoy-esque in scope. I thought the Before series was the most unique thing I would ever be a part of, but Rick has engaged me in something even more strange. Doing a scene with a young boy at the age of 7 when he talks about why do raccoons die, and at the age of 12 when he talks about video games, and 17 when he asks me about girls, and have it be the same actor — to watch his voice and body morph — it’s a little bit like timelapse photography of a human being.”

With the addition of Boyhood, the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Utah will present 121 feature-length films, including 35 in competition. The festival takes place January 16-26.