MDFF and clo present the Toronto Premiere of Eliza Hittman's IT FELT LIKE LOVE admission is free
On Tueday February 18th, 8pm at Double Double Land, MDFF and clo will present a free screening of Eliza Hittman's It Felt Like Love, with an introduction by clo Managing Editor, Julia Cooper.
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 Chiaras 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 doesnt respond to her overtures, he doesnt 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 Lilas 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.