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Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sun, Aug 11, 2013

Writer-Director Eliza Hittman In Person!
NEXT WEEKEND presented by Sundance Institute: IT FELT LIKE LOVE
Presented by the Sundance Institute

This screening is free to all current American Cinematheque Members, with regular pricing for non-Members.

Join us as we celebrate the renegade spirit of independent filmmaking! The popular NEXT <=> section at the Sundance Film Festival showcases stylistically adventurous films that take a bold approach to storytelling. This weekend, NEXT WEEKEND presented by Sundance Institute comes to Southern California with screenings of new films and festival favorites in venues across Los Angeles, many of which will include filmmakers, cast and crew in attendance.

For details on events at other venues this weekend, see: http://www.sundance.org/next
With ten films, two world premieres, two shorts programs, and a healthy dose of related events, Sundance Institute presents a four-day line up that celebrates the originality and tenacity of the filmmakers driving American cinema’s next wave.

Discussion following with writer-director Eliza Hittman, moderated by Sundance alumnus, writer-director Catherine Hardwicke (13).
It Felt Like Love
2013, 82 min, U.S.A., Dir: Eliza Hittman

In this 2013 Sundance Film Festival premiere, 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.

Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Sun, Aug 11, 2013 • 7:30pm