Rio, I Love You: Now Nationwide
The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of mails, messages and meetings. The positive response after the launch of Rotterdam, I Love You at the première of Rio, I Love You has been overwhelming. We’ve met and are talking with the city’s movers and shakers as well as A-list talents in front of & behind the camera – both nationally and internationally. What a great start!
Yesterday saw the nationwide release of Rio, I Love You, which can now be viewed in Dutch cinemas. It can be seen in arthouse and mainstream cinemas alike:
We’re proud of our sister film in the series and hope you enjoy a beautiful portrait of a beautiful city and its people.
Here in the Netherlands, the relationship between the two projects (Rio, I Love You and Rotterdam, I Love You) is often referred to, with the distributor (our co-producer September Film), press and cinema-listings alike all drawing connections:
One major aspect of these projects – an aspect which Rio was the first edition in the series to adopt – is the movement and website we operate which funnels and fuels the immense city pride. My fervent hope is that as we grow Rotterdam, I Love You we connect the networks of Rio and Rotterdam. Work in this direction has already begun behind the scenes. And who knows where this ‘meta-network’ goes from there? Shanghai? Jerusalem? Berlin? All distinct possibilities with so many wonderful Cities of Love cities in development across the world. It seems only right to me that Rotterdam joins these eminent ranks.
Of course, we were pleased and excited to be on the set of Rio, I Love You and to be able to work with the city movement team during that period as well as thereafter. The film is a visually stunning love letter to the city. At the same time, I would say that New York, I Love You (2009) is the film in the series that for me shows the model we should use here in Rotterdam. The cities are more physically alike, the characters of their populations having arguably more in common.
What do you think? Which should be the blueprint for Rotterdam, I Love You – New York, Paris or Rio, or should the film be something else entirely?