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Spotlight on It Felt Like Love
Eliza Hittman / 2013, Sundance, Athens, BAMcinemafest, BFI London, Göteborg, Melbourne, Munich, NYT Critics' Pick, Rotterdam, Sarasota, Valdivia, Vienna / 82'
A gauzy summer in South Brooklyn. Lila, an awkward adolescent girl, passes her time breaking into beach homes and tagging along on dates between her pretty friend Chiara and Chiara's new boyfriend, Patrick. Lila decides this will be the summer she loses her virginity, too—her interest is piqued when she meets Sammy, an older boy reputed to sleep with just about anyone. Yet Lila's attempts at sexual conquest risk taking her beyond her limits, and into dangerous uncharted territory.
A nuanced, hypnotic exploration of gender, sexuality and power dynamics, It Felt Like Love elucidates the naïveté and disquiet of female adolescence. Eliza Hittman's feature film debut premiered at Sundance, Rotterdam, Göteborg, and Sarasota, where it won a Special Jury Prize. It Felt Like Love was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and is a New York Times Critics' Pick.
"Hittman prefers ambiguity to an explicit depiction of these dangerous encounters, though, and It Felt Like Love is a more affecting movie for her restraint"
- John DeFore, Sundance Review, The Hollywood Reporter