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IFFR funds short film about Feyenoord supporters

20 July 2021

Film Still: Truly, Madly, Deeply

As part of our local initiative RTM Pitch, IFFR and the municipality of Rotterdam have awarded a €20,000 grant to the Rotterdam-based Italian artist Lavinia Xausa (1992) to produce a musical short film about Feyenoord supporters. The result will screen at IFFR 2022 as part of RTM, our Rotterdam-focused programme.

Lavinia Xausa

Film Still: Truly, Madly, Deeply (werktitel)

Film Still: Truly, Madly, Deeply (werktitel)

The film – working title Truly, Madly, Deeply – touches on the many different identities hiding behind the steadily in unison singing legion of Feyenoord supporters. Xausa sets out to metaphorically explore the room for diversity within a group. The filmmaker is “incredibly grateful” with her prize. “Winning the RTM Pitch feels magnificent. I’m looking forward to capturing the fascinating universe of De Kuip, the Rotterdam football stadium, from a place of love,” said Xausa.

The jury consisted of Rotterdam filmmaker Shamira Raphaëla and two IFFR programmers: Cathelijne Beijn and Erwin van ‘t Hart. They said the film is “original and innovative, where Xausa’s visual style manages to elevate everyday life, causing us to look at our city from a novel perspective”. They view Lavinia Xausa as “a filmmaker with razor sharp focus” and they are “very excited to follow Lavinia closely in the future as she will continue to further develop and define her signature as an auteur”. 

In 2020, IFFR and the Rotterdam Film Media Office from the municipality of Rotterdam launched RTM Pitch to encourage Rotterdam talent development. The winner of the first edition was Katarina Jazbec’s film You Can’t Automate me (2021). Her short film premieres at IFFR 2021 in June. The €20,000 grant is financed by the municipality of Rotterdam as part of its film and media policy.

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