Directorial debut for Barry Atsma, with Rotterdam-movie

Directorial debut for Barry Atsma, with Rotterdam-movie

Barry Atsma for the first time a film directing. The actor, known for Michiel de Ruyter, Kneeling on a bed of violins and the series Terminal, do one of the segments of the project in Rotterdam, I Love You that later this year is included.

That the producers Wednesday announced. Other filmmakers working on the project are internationally well-known directors like Koen Mortier, Atom Egoyan and Paula van der Oest.

“I reminisce for years about time to step to direction to make,” says Atsma, who is also a film script is writing.

That Atsma, not previously the step was to direct was not the fact that he has no offers received. “I got, after I re and der dropped that I had the director’s chair wanted to try, also offers for a romantic comedy or a number of episodes for a tv series. But that never felt at all like a match. I always had the feeling that I did in my debut had to do something where I really followed, and not just a cool script from another.”


This challenge has Atsma found with Rotterdam, I Love You. “The nice thing about this project is, of course, that you as a director have the responsibility for your own short story, but not equal responsibility for a whole feature film on your shoulders have to carry,” explains the actor.

“For me, it is an ideal way to make my debut. I can have my own team, my story develop and get all the freedom and support of the production team.” Atsma will get writing help of Robert Alberdingk Thijm (A’dam-Eva, Circus Waltz).


Also the click with Rotterdam, Atsma, a plus. “I am, as a child, grew up under the smoke of Rotterdam, in Bleiswijk, the netherlands, and have a real thing with the only real sophisticated city of the Netherlands”, he says.

“Robust, multicultural, energetic, businesslike, bustling, a truly international film festival, with a real skyline, hard humor, great contradictions; Rotterdam is a real city. No Anton Pieck-town, but a city with balls. With great contradictions and tensions,” said Atsma.

“And a really multicultural city. Where the LPF has grown but also where the Turkish community responded en masse to the street, went to Erdogan to support. And with a very wide range of spheres.”

Rotterdam, I Love You is the next part in the Cities of Love film series, in which a variety of filmmakers, a tribute is brought to the respective metropolis. It is the fourth part in this series; rather, there were productions dedicated to New York, Paris and Rio de Janeiro.

In total it consists of Rotterdam, I Love You in eleven segments. The film should be in 2018 in cinemas around the world to see.

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