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Under the Influence: Sam de Jong on Prince and Giuseppe Zanotti


Title: Under the Influence: Sam de Jong on Prince and Giuseppe Zanotti

Under the Influence charts the often-mysterious ways that art begets art, calling upon moviemakers to write about one creative work that informed and inspired their own. In this edition, Dutch director Sam de Jong talks about what sneakers from designer label Giuseppe Zanotti have come to mean in contemporary Amsterdam youth culture, and how the popular pursuit of these shoes is a central drive of his debut feature, Prince. My first feature, Prince, digs into the life of outcast Ayoub, a troubled Dutch teenager growing up on the streets of Amsterdam. Ayoub is head over heels in love with the…

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