Barry Atsma makes directorial debut in Rotterdam, I Love You
Barry Atsma is one of the eleven directors of the international film kaleidoscopic Rotterdam, I Love You. This was announced by himself a couple of days ago in TV show RTL Boulevard. For the popular actor Rotterdam, I Love You will be his directorial debut, which is a bold new step in his career.
Barry Atsma is best known for his roles in Knielen op een bed violen (2016), Mannenharten (2013) and Komt een vrouw bij de dokter (2009) and currently plays in the popular drama series Klem. Rotterdam, I Love You is made by eleven directors from home and abroad, each telling their own story. Previously, directors Paula van der Oest, Koen Mortier, Atom Egoyan and Shariff Nasr were announced as directors.
Rotterdam, I Love You is the next instalment in the ‘Cities of Love’ series of films, in which a selection of filmmakers bring an ode to various world cities. Previous successful films in the series include Paris, je t’aime(2006) and New York, I Love You (2009). Rotterdam is the next city to be placed in the international spotlight, in which eleven directors and a global cast tell their stories, all set and filmed in Rotterdam.
Barry Atsma has long had plans to direct and his segment in Rotterdam, I Love You will be his directorial debut. With this, the producers introduce a remarkable new directorial voice to the Dutch film industry. Atsma writes the screenplay for his segment in collaboration with renowned scriptwriter Robert Alberdingk Thijm, who is, among other things, known from TV series A’dam – E.V.A. and the movie Dunya and Desie (2008). Barry Atsma is part of a tradition within the Cities of Love film series of actors debuting as a director, including Natalie Portman (New York, I Love You) and John Turturro (Rio, I Love You).
Rotterdam, I Love You will show the real Rotterdam, in all its rough beauty, to the world. The film is being produced by Matt Jaems and Joeri Pruys, in collaboration with Jeroen Beker (Submarine, NL), September Film Productions (NL), Czar (BE) and Glass Man Films (UK). Rotterdam, I Love You will shoot in the summer of 2017 and screen in cinemas worldwide in 2018.