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Contemporary Independents

Contemporary Independents

Event Details

Date & Time:

Thu November 7, 2013 - Fri December 6, 2013


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Screening in November and December are two recent films that each in their own way focus on characters struggling to connect meaningfully with others. The first, It Felt Like Love by new director Eliza Hittman, is a beautifully crafted coming-of-age story about a teenager’s awkward attempts to gain sexual experience. The other, Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours, about the unlikely friendship between a museum guard and visitor, is a subtle yet powerful celebration of the restorative power of art and the importance of human connection.


It Felt like Love

Thursday, November 7, 2013 7:00 PM
(Eliza Hittman, 2013, USA, DCP, 82 min.)

In director Eliza Hittman’s debut feature, newcomer Gina Piersanti gives a striking and nuanced performance as lonely fourteen-year-old Lila whose confused longings for love, romance, acceptance, and adventure lead her dangerously astray. She fixates on Sammy, an older boy, and is soon drawn into a world she’s not prepared for. Hittman’s sensitivity to the awkwardness, humiliations, and colliding feelings of adolescence gives her coming-of-age story a powerful and honest edge. “It Felt Like Love has a slow-burning momentum that makes it one of the most involving and sensually lush debuts in recent memory.”­—Cinemascope

In Person: Eliza Hittman

Free for NU Students


Museum Hours

Friday, December 6, 2013 7:00 PM
(Jem Cohen, 2013, Austria/USA, DCP, 106 min.)

In one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, director Jem Cohen has realized a beautiful and emotional story about two strangers who connect through the power of art. Anne has traveled to Vienna to visit an ailing distant relative; Johann is a guard at the famed Kunsthistorisches Museum. They strike up an unlikely friendship and through their conversations and the timeless qualities of art as a catalyst for reflection and transformation, dormant truths emerge. Cohen’s film is a subtle yet powerful celebration of the restorative power of art and the importance of human connection. “Quietly amazing.”—The New York Times

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