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Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005)

Award-winning director Fatih Akin takes us on a journey through Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia, and challenges familiar notions of east and west. He looks at the vibrant ... See full summary »

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Himself
Ahmed Ulug ...
Himself - Doublemoon Musiklabel
Cem Yegul ...
Himself - Doublemoon Musiklabel
Mehmed Ulug ...
Himself - Doublemoon Musiklabel
Baba Zula ...
Themselves
Orient Expressions ...
Themselves
Duman ...
Themselves
Replikas ...
Themselves
Peyote Hasan ...
Himself - Erkin-Koray-Fan
Erkin Koray ...
Himself
Ceza ...
Himself
Ayben ...
Herself
Istanbul Style Breakers ...
Themselves
MercanDede ...
Himself (as Mercan Dede)
Selcuk ...
Himself
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Award-winning director Fatih Akin takes us on a journey through Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia, and challenges familiar notions of east and west. He looks at the vibrant musical scene which includes traditional Turkish music plus rock and hip-hop. Written by Anonymous

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27 May 2005 (Turkey)  »

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Atravessando a Ponte - O Som de Istambul  »

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Opening Weekend:

$9,161 (USA) (9 June 2006)

Gross:

$70,535 (USA) (8 December 2006)
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Trivia

Rivalry amongst various Turkish musicians as to who was going to be in the film was very intense. Percussionist Burhan Öçal told the press that he was featured heavily. His remarks led to several other musicians pulling out of the project as they didn't want Ocal to get more time than them. Ironically, Ocal didn't make the final cut at all. See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits are shown in old vinyl record sleeves moving to the rhythm of a Turkish version of Madonna's "Music" song. The record sleeves show the original Turkish pictures from the 60-80's but the modified texts for the crew displayed in proper old fonts. See more »

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Better Than Being There
18 July 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

If you're a fan of Turkish and Middle Eastern music, you're in great luck. This film is a documentary of current music in Istanbul, spanning the traditional to the modern. It's very good. You could not do better if you went to Istanbul yourself. We get interviews with Orhan Gencebay, concert clips of modern musical icons, a road show with a Romani (Gypsy) audience, Turkish Hip Hop (surprisingly very very good), and much much more. Some of the best female vocalists I've ever heard. A Kurdish woman singing in a hamam (steam bath) who will rip your heart out. Lots of social and political background. If this is your thing, you'll have a grand time. I could barely sit still in the theatre.

CD soundtrack now available on amazon. Pricey.


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