Rotterdam, I Love You: An insight in the making of the film
If you live in the Netherlands, you’re probably aware that we’ve just announced our first nine Dutch cast members for the film Rotterdam, I Love You: Halina Reijn, Nasrdin Dchar, Gaite Jansen, Ricky Koole, Eva Duijvestein, Katja Herbers, Benja Bruijning, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, and Maryam Hassouni. This is a huge milestone for us. It means we have actually started making the movie. It’s happening, guys. Rotterdam is going to be on big screens all over the world.
We couldn’t have been happier with these first nine Dutch actors. Each and every one of them has tremendous talent. We love the diversity in their backgrounds and career paths. And we are super happy that all of them have expresssed their love for Rotterdam to us, including the ones who are not from Rotterdam.
Actors and directors from around the world
And this is just the first part of the cast: We will announce more exciting Dutch talent in the next few months, and on top of that, we will start announcing international talent as well. The Cities of Love film series, to which Rotterdam, I Love You belongs, is known for its international focus – some of the big names in previous installments of the series are Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, Natalie Portman, Shia LaBeouf, and Bradley Cooper. You can expect to see famous international actors like these in Rotterdam, I Love You as well.
The same goes for talent behind the camera. In Rotterdam, I Love You ten different directors will give their take on Rotterdam and show the world what inspires them in this city. These are directors not just from Rotterdam and the rest of the Netherlands, but from all over the world. So some stories in Rotterdam, I Love You will be told from a Rotterdam insider’s perspective, and some will be told from the outside.
An ever-evolving city
Actually, that goes to the core of what we love about Rotterdam – and what we love about making Rotterdam, I Love You: embracing diversity. This is a city of 174 nationalities, a truly international metropole. Sure, Rotterdam can sometimes be gritty. Sure, Rotterdam is not a pretty picture postcard like some other cities in the Netherlands. But that’s actually what makes Rotterdam great: it’s an unfinished city, an ever-evolving city that you can create and define for yourself. Whether you are a born-and-raised echte Rotterdammer or a complete stranger to the city, everyone is welcome. That makes Rotterdam such a great example of a modern city, and that’s what we want to show in the film: The rawness of Rotterdam turns out to be an open invitation to all people of the world.
So let’s make it happen together.