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Men on the Bridge

Men on the Bridge
Scene from “Men on the Bridge” (photo © Endorphine Production)

A bit of a Don Juan with his styled hair and single earring, Fikret (17) illegally sells roses in the traffic jam on the Bosphorus Bridge that links Asia and Europe. At the same time, he is striving for a regular job in old downtown Istanbul. Umut (28) drives a shared taxi crossing the Bosphorus Bridge every day. He is searching for a better apartment to rent in order to satisfy his wife, whose desires are beyond his earnings. The traffic policeman Murat (24), who is stationed on the bridge, feels alone amidst the solid lines of cars. Each night at home, he logs on to the Internet looking for dating opportunities. Unaware of each other, Fikret, Umut and Murat intersect in the rush hour every day with millions of others, coping with the straits of fulfilling their aspirations in the big city.

The story is based on the lives of the characters depicting themselves in the original locations.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Asli Özge
Screenplay Asli Özge
Cinematography Emre Erkmen
Vessela Martschewski, Aylin Zoi Tinel, Christof Schertenleib
Cast Fikret Portakal, Murat Tokgoez, Umut Ilker, Cemile Ilker
Producers Fabian Massah, Asli Özge
Co-Producers Sevil Demirci, Mete Gumurhan
Production Company Endorphine Production, in co-production with Yeni Sinemacilik/Istanbul, Kaliber Film/Rotterdam
Runtime 87 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, French, German
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Istanbul 2009 (National Competition), Adana 2009 (National Competition), Locarno 2009 (Filmmakers of the Present Competition), Sarajevo 2009 (In Competition), Toronto 2009, London 2009, Reykjavik 2009, Warsaw 2009, Montreal Nouveau Cinéma 2009, Hof 2009, Sevilla 2009, Thessaloniki 2009, Rotterdam 2010, Festroia 2010
Awards Best Film Istanbul 2009, Best Film Adana 2009
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, Turkish Ministry of Culture, Rotterdam Media Fund
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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