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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 ... See full summary »

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Mehmed Ulug ...
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Orient Expressions ...
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Duman ...
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Replikas ...
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Peyote Hasan ...
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Erkin Koray ...
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Ceza ...
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Ayben ...
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Istanbul Style Breakers ...
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MercanDede ...
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Selcuk ...
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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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Sezen Aksu refused to give an interview for the film. Nevertheless, she and Akin became such good friends that she allowed him to use her songs in his films any time, and even offered to write him a soundtrack. She also invited Akin to direct her next video. 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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Surprise Highlight of the Bangkok Film Festival 2006
20 February 2006 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

Like many other commentators here, I went in expecting a taste of music that would satisfy my curiosity - and got more than I asked for. I heard and saw a powerful, exquisite, sometimes haunting, sometimes touching, lyrical, sentimental (in the truest way) and absolutely stunning blend of music and musicians. Reminded me a lot of some forms of Indian music (East Indian) but at the same time was very very different.

Starting from the the first track by Baba Zula to the Kurdish singer Aynur (what a voice) to Siyasiyabend to the jam session (or 'Jugalbandhi ' as we call it in India) in the small Turkish bar ft. Selim Seslar (Big fan now :) ), I enjoyed every minute and wished it wouldn't end.

One of the best music commentaries I have seen and heard in a long time.

I am craving for a CD of the sound-track and hope I can find it online somewhere soon and also for old and latest albums from Baba Zula.

A day later, the music is still etched in my brain and I don't want it to go away. Turkey and specifically Istanbul now seem such beautiful and exciting places - and I am going to start saving today to go take it in.

Faith Akin - this is a gem.


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