In 2017, the Germans will take the helm and bring you the fourth Cities of Love film, Berlin, I Love You.
Check out a short teaser here.
Grey’s Anatomy heart throb, Patrick Dempsey, is set to make his directorial debut on this film. Belgium director Tom van Avermaet, who received a Oscar nomination for his 2012 short film Death of a Shadow, will helm the first of 10 segments, along with a star-studded cast including Games of Thrones actress Sophie Turner and Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston.
Directing the other 9 segments include big names like controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Oren Moverman (The Messenger), Jan Ole Gerster (Oh Boy), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to name a few. Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, still prohibited from travelling outside of China, is expected to direct his contribution to the film from China, via Skype.
History behind Cities of Love
2006 marked the beginning of the world renowned Cities of Love franchise with Paris, Je T’aime. The film was the first step in a global initiative aimed at creating a collection of films that not only illustrate the universality of love, but also the unique cultural identities that are found in each of the major international cities where they are filmed.
According to Cities of Love creator and producer Emmanuel Benbihy, “We picked Paris because it’s nicknamed the city of love. New York is the city of romantic comedies. Rio represents sensual love. Shanghai is the city of exotic love. Jerusalem represents spiritual love. Each of these cities has its own love myth.”
Paris, Je T’aime was both critically acclaimed and a commerical success all around the world, opening new perspectives for “collective feature-films”, such as New York, I Love You directed by Natalie Portman, Mira Nair, Brett Ratner and others, as well as Rio, I Love You.
Rio, I Love You
The best scenes in Rio, I Love You take place above the alpine, seaside city. As the camera drifts over the miraculous Brazilian locale, its famous statue, Christ the Redeemer, seems to be raising its arms — not in benediction but in awe that any terrestrial site could look so much like heaven.
Don’t miss Rio, I Love You on World Movies on Wednesday 19 April 8.30pm.