It Felt Like Love

Eliza Hittman
USA 2012
82 min

During an uneventful summer on the outskirts of Brooklyn, Lila, a lonely 14-year-old from Gravesend, turns her attentions to sammy, an older thug she sees at Rockaway Beach. Wanting something to brag about, she weaves a story about him and becomes fixated on seeing it realized. When her attempts fail, she propels the lie even further, claiming they’ve had sex. during her sexual quest, Lila turns from predator to prey. “Visually, my work experiments with a subjective, more poetic form of realism, where the world resists an objective perspective and instead hews to the character’s perception of the events. Resisting the conventions of verite, i use slow motion and prefer close-ups. conversely, the wides i chose create an emotional release. IT FElT LIKE LOVE has very little dialogue and explicit story exposition, and instead uses charged images, details, music and sound design to create a hyper-subjective and immersive cinema experience.” (Eliza Hittman)

  • Gina Piersanti - Lila
  • Giovanna Salimeni - Chiara
  • Ronen Rubinstein - Sammy
  • Jesse Cordasco - Parick
  • Nicolas Rosen - Devon
  • Richie Folio - Justin
  • Case Prime - Nate
  • Eilza Hittman
  • Sean Porter
  • Austin Moore
  • Philip hartley
  • Carlos Marquez-Marcet
  • Scott Cummings
  • James Boxer
  • Sarah Maiorino
Bay Bridge Productions, Infinitum Productions

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