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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexander Hacke ... Himself
Ahmed Ulug Ahmed Ulug ... Himself - Doublemoon Musiklabel
Cem Yegul Cem Yegul ... Himself - Doublemoon Musiklabel
Mehmed Ulug Mehmed Ulug ... Himself - Doublemoon Musiklabel
Baba Zula Baba Zula ... Themselves
Orient Expressions Orient Expressions ... Themselves
Duman Duman ... Themselves
Replikas Replikas ... Themselves
Peyote Hasan Peyote Hasan ... Himself - Erkin-Koray-Fan
Erkin Koray Erkin Koray ... Himself
Ceza ... Himself
Ayben ... Herself
Istanbul Style Breakers Istanbul Style Breakers ... Themselves
Mercan Dede Mercan Dede ... Himself
Selcuk 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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Documentary | Music

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Germany | Turkey

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Turkish | German | Kurdish | English

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (Turkey) See more »

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Atravessando a Ponte - O Som de Istambul See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,161, 11 June 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,535, 10 December 2006
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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 »

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For lovers of the music and culture of Turkey and the Eastern Mediterranean
21 June 2005 | by siebeckSee all my reviews

This is a movie about the music that is currently being played in Istanbul. Istanbul was the center of the two Old World superpowers, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Today, it is a megalopolis of almost 10 million. So it is to no ones surprise that a lot of music is being played in Istanbul, with a great variety of voices, styles, and influences from everywhere on the globe. It is Turkish music, of course, and I was fascinated by Turkish music ever since I bought my first record long time ago. The movie features different singers, instrumentalists and bands. Spoken comments from the musicians nicely illustrate the music being played, and the social context in modern Turkey. For my perspective, the most interesting comments were from Orhan Gencebay. Furthermore, the movies shows urban scenery mainly from Istanbul which is very pleasant to watch.

"Crossing the Bridge" is listed as a documentary and it includes music from minorities, e.g. Kurds and Roma. Other important topics are omitted such as Turkish jazz music, or music of the Armenians and Greeks.

This movie is strongly recommended for lovers of the music and culture of Turkey, the Balkans, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Middle East. It may also be worthwhile for those with a keen interest in the global effects of musical styles such as Rock and Roll or Hip Hop.


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