Writer-director Eliza Hittman‘s debut feature It Felt Like Love debuted in the Next section at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The coming-of-age drama centers on Lila (Gina Piersanti), a 14-year-old spending a hot summer in a blue-collar Brooklyn neighborhood. Often playing the third wheel, Lila is determined to emulate the sexual exploits of her more experienced best friend. She fixates on Sammy, a tough older guy, when she hears that “he’ll sleep with anyone”, but in doing so she puts herself in a dangerously vulnerable situation when she tries to insert herself into his gritty world. Variance Films, whose recent releases include Dave Grohl’s music docu Sound City, is eyeing a 2014 theatrical release.
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