Rotterdammer Shariff Nasr first of eleven directors for international feature film Rotterdam, I Love You
Rotterdam film director and screenwriter Shariff Nasr is one of eleven directors of the international feature film Rotterdam, I Love You. The film Rotterdam, I Love You will consist of eleven stories, each told by a different director. After an intensive selection process in which thirty Rotterdam filmmakers participated, Shariff Nasr is selected to be the director of a special story, which connects the ten other stories and thus forms the backbone of the film. The names of the ten other Dutch and international directors will be announced in the coming months.
Rotterdam, I Love You is part of the worldwide ‘Cities of Love’ film series. Previous entries in the series were the well-known and successful films Paris je t’aime (2006) and New York, I Love You (2009). Like those previous films, Rotterdam, I Love You is made by various renowned directors and actors, both local and from abroad, as well as exceptional young talents. Earlier directors in the ‘Cities of Love’ series include the Coen Brothers, Brett Ratner, Guillermo Arriaga and Alexander Payne. In Rotterdam, I Love You directors of this caliber will also make their appearance.
Shariff Nasr is a director and screenwriter with several award-winning short films to his credit and is a sought-after commercial maker. He is best known for the series of poetry clips called “Poet Recites‘, which he made with his brother Ramsey Nasr, and for his commercials for Dutch anti-factory-farming organization Wakker Dier, for which he won the prize for best commercial of 2009 (Fonk Magazine). He also writes regularly for major TV series. Nasr was born and raised in Rotterdam.
Nasr sees Rotterdam, I Love You as a nice, big step in his career: “It’s fantastic to work on such a big international production and to form the connection between the other stories set in this unpolished city. Rotterdam is the ideal ‘city of love’ of the Netherlands, in which 172 cultures live side by side and ‘diversity’ has been replaced by ‘inclusiveness’. ”
Nasr was chosen after a months-long selection process in which thirty Rotterdam filmmakers had enrolled. According to the producers, Nasr is the ideal young director to create the backbone of the film. Matt Jaems: “We immediately fell for the story Shariff pitched to us. His story is true to Rotterdam, fits perfectly into the ‘Cities of Love’ film series and will ensure Rotterdam, I Love You will be an unforgettable film. Joeri Pruys agrees with him. “Shariff understand what this film – and this city – needs: an honest, direct story. We are looking forward to working with him on the further development of the story.” The next few months the ten other directors will be announced, part of whom will be Dutch and part will be international.
The first Dutch actors in Rotterdam, I Love You were announced last spring: Nasrdin Dchar, Gaite Jansen, Halina Reijn, Maryam Hassouni, Ricky Koole, Eva Duijvestein, Katja Herbers, Benja Bruijning and Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing. Together they are part of the stellar cast of Rotterdam, I Love You, which will be expanded in the coming months with more Dutch and international talent. When the movie opens, Rotterdam, I Love You will show the real Rotterdam, in all its raw beauty, to the world. The film is produced by Matt Jaems and Joeri Pruys in collaboration with September Films Productions and producer Jeroen Beker. Rotterdam, I Love You will be shot in the summer of 2017 and September Film Distribution will release the film theatrically in 2018.