Film Info: Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul

Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul

Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul
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Crossing the Bridge deals with a director's love for a city. It is Fatih Akin, who is in love with the city and about to explore its sound.

The film describes a western point of view, a view from the distance, in a foreign, tense, erotic, dangerous, tempting city. It is a seeking, an odyssey, undertaken by the protagonist to explore the musical sources, influences and perspectives of the city.

Istanbul is burning. If Berlin was the hippest city in the early 90ies, Havanna at the end of the 90ies, it might be the beginning of the new millenium that gives Istanbul the role to represent Europe's ultimate megacity - you have to experience it! But does Istanbul belong to Europe anyway?

These days plenty of DJ's, musicians and artists from all over the world come to Istanbul. They are looking for inspiration, driven to lift the veil of the graceful beauty's secret.


Fatih Akin is a German filmmaker of Turkish origin. He won the Golden Bear for HEAD ON in 2004 and became, at the age of 30, one of the most influential European directors. At that time he had already completed film school, two short films, one documentary about his parents’ migration from Turkey to Hamburg, and three feature films. He then achieved international success with the drama THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007) for which he won the prize for Best Screenplay at the Festival de Cannes. The film also received the European Film Award and the German Film Award. For his following film, SOUL KITCHEN (2009), he was honored with the Special Prize of the Jury at the Venice Film Festival. With his production company corazón international, founded in 2004, he has produced several films alongside his own productions, including the internationally successful films CHIKO, TAKVA and MIN DÎT. Fatih Akin has been directing his films exclusively for bombero international since 2012. A selection of his films includes: SHORT SHARP SHOCK (1998), IN JULY (2000), HEAD-ON (2004), CROSSING THE BRIDGE – THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL (2006), THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007), NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU (episode, 2008), SOUL KITCHEN (2009), POLLUTING PARADISE (2012), THE CUT (2014), and IN THE FADE (2017).
Genre Music
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2005
Director Fatih Akin
Screenplay Fatih Akin
Cinematography Hervé Dieu
Andrew Bird
Cast Baba Zula, Brenna MacCrimmon, Orhan Gencebay, Mercan Dede, Replikas, Erkin Koray, Siyasiyabend, Aynur, Muezeyyen Senar, Selim Sesler, Orient Expressions, Sezen Aksu, Duman, Alexander Hacke, Ceza
Producers Tina Mersmann, Sandra Harzer-Kux, Christian Kux, Andreas Thiel, Fatih Akin, Klaus Maeck
Production Companies Intervista Digital Media/Hamburg, corazón international/Hamburg, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Turkish/English/German
Subtitled Versions English, French, German
Festivals Cannes 2005 (Out of Competition), Pusan 2005, Rio 2005, Ghent 2005, Vienna 2005, Copenhagen 2005, Ljubljana 2005, Tallinn Black Nights 2005, Rotterdam 2006, Hong Kong 2006, Mexico City 2006, Sofia 2008 (Retrospective), Gijon 2009, Lecce 2015
Awards Audience Award Mexico City 2006
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM, Nordmedia
German Distributors Pictorion Pictures/Huerth, NFP Marketing & Distribution*

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