It Felt Like Love
Fourteen-year-old Lila is experiencing an ennui-filled Brooklyn summer. She awkwardly wears a Kabuki-esque mask of sunscreen at the beach and plays third wheel to Chiara, her more experienced friend, and Chiara's boyfriend, Patrick. Determined to have a love interest of her own, a bravado-filled Lila pursues Sammy, a tough but handsome older boy. Though Sammy doesn't respond to her overtures, he doesn't reject her either, and Lilaunable to resist spinning delusional fables of a relationship with himmanipulates herself deeper into his world. When her desperation and posturing carry her too far into unfamiliar territory, her inexperience is exposed, and she is forced to confront reality.
In this film shot from Lila's point of view and constructed with precisesometimes startlingimagery and intimate moments, first-time feature writer/director Eliza Hittman confidently constructs a viewing experience that is completely subjective. Bolstered by a perfectly modulated lead performance from Gina Piersanti, It Felt Like Love unflinchingly reveals some of the rawest moments of girlhood in an authentic story of burgeoning identity and sexual awakening.
Friday, March 28th following the 7pm show:
Q&A with director Eliza Hittman, actress Gina Piersanti, and special guest host Jill Soloway
Saturday, March 29th, following the 5:15pm show:
Q&A with director Eliza Hittman, actress Gina Piersanti, and special guest host Katie Walsh
Downtown Independent (View)
251 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012