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Trailer Watch: Eliza Hittman’s It Felt Like Love

At times, independent film can be a homogenous place for women. Since the Lena Dunham boom, tastemakers obsessively concern themselves with tales of 20-something perpetual adolescents, jobless and adrift in Brooklyn, looking for love in all the wrong places. Not so much a tonic as a blast of originality, Eliza Hittman’s It Felt Like Love announced the arrival of one of the most assured and exciting young filmmakers in recent memory when it premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Though the film’s narrative may not seem entirely unfamiliar — we’re still coming of age in Brooklyn, experimenting sexually — Hittman’s atmospheric execution and patient unravelling of her protagonist, Lila (Gina Piersanti), make It Felt Like Love an all but essential descent into the growing pains of adolescence. It Felt Like Love opens through Variance Films in March, and please note the Nick Dawson shout out in the trailer above.

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