Art Blog - Eliza Hittman - Empty Kingdom

Director / writer Eliza Hittman embarks on a bold journey through the mind of an ever-growing sexually-minded teenage girl. It Felt Like Love is a film that never shies away from the consequences of understanding love. Check out more after the jump.

More detailed tidbits can be read as follows (via Sundance FIlm Festival 2013):

“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 Lila—unable to resist spinning delusional fables of a relationship with him—manipulates 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 precise—sometimes startling—imagery 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. – K.Y.

 

About the Director

 

Award-winning filmmaker Eliza Hittman was born in New York City and is still based there. In 2010, she received an MFA from California Institute of the Arts’s School of Film/Video and has been a guest artist and lecturer at Columbia University. Her short film Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and was listed on Indiewire’s list of “The Best of the Best.” IT FELT LIKE LOVE is Hittman’s first feature film.”

Jump down below to view more screenshots and an embedded video interview about the film.

Art Blog - Eliza Hittman - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Eliza Hittman - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Eliza Hittman - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Eliza Hittman - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Eliza Hittman - Empty Kingdom

Art Blog - Eliza Hittman - Empty Kingdom

No trailer as of yet, but here’s an interview with the cast and filmmaker (courtesy of Beyond Cinema Magazine).

It Felt Like Love, 2013

Eliza Hittman


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