CROSSING THE BRIDGE: THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL
Documentary | Running Time: 90 minutes
2005 / Turkish, German, Kurdish and English
Country: Turkey and Germany
German-Turkish director Fatih Akin won the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 2004 with the edgy Head On, his fourth feature. His next two features won prizes in Cannes and Venice, while In the Fade (2016) won a Golden Globe as best foreign film. His most recent film Rhinegold, about Iranian-Kurdish rapper Xatar, is also his biggest box office success.
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ProducerFatih Akin, Klaus Maeck, Andreas Thiel, Sandra Harzer-Kux, Christian Kux
CastAlexander Hacke, Baba Zula, Orient Expressions, Duman , Replikas , Erkin Koray, Ceza , Mercan Dede, Brenna Maccrimmon, Selim Sesler, Siyasiyabend , Aynur , Orhan Gencebay, Sezen Aksu, Ahmed Ulug, Cem Yegul, Müzeyyen Senar
An exhilarating tour through the vibrant contemporary music scene in Istanbul, a city where East meets West, ancient meets modern and secular meets devout, this film embraces everything from rapid-fire urban rap belted out in underground clubs to Romany circle dances. Director Fatih Akin, a German native born to Turkish immigrants, has found his ideal collaborator in Alexander Hacke, a friend and bassist from industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, who becomes our tour guide. Whether interviewing Akin’s chosen musicians - psychedelic band Baba Zula, Kurdish chanteuse Aynur, the baglama virtuoso Orhan Gencebay – or roaming the streets, Hacke radiates unquenchable enthusiasm. Together, they also challenge conventional ideas of cultural identity: socially as much as musically, Istanbul is shown to thrive on its contradictions.