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Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul

Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul
Scene from "Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul"

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.
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, in co-production with NDR
Runtime 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
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 MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM, Nordmedia
German Distributors Pictorion Pictures/Huerth, NFP Marketing & Distribution*

World Sales
Bavaria Media International

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