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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

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 Ceza ... Himself
Ayben 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Germany | Turkey

Language:

Turkish | German | Kurdish | English

Release Date:

27 May 2005 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The project began when Alexander Hacke worked on the soundtrack to Akin's "Head-On". The film has a strong Turkish connection that Hacke drew on for his score. He was bewitched by these new sounds he was being exposed to. For "Head-On", Hacke recorded with Selim Sesler's orchestra. As neither artist had a common language, they had to communicate through music. 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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References Head-On (2004) See more »

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Love of Istanbul and music blend well
10 June 2005 | by stursanSee all my reviews

Faith Akin has made me realize once more the deepness of my passion for this city called Istanbul. Being addressed as a city of cultural mosaics, Faith Akin has contributed to that addressing through the mosaics of music performed in the film. What's more, the climax of the film,in my opinion, is the scene where Muzeyyen Senar (a Turkish music diva) sings at age 86 as well as she had done in her younger years and rolls the raki glass in the air without pouring out one drop, which is a traditional act in raki culture. She is just marvellous. Sezen Aksu (a Turkish pop singer) with her mystical and meaningful looks at the end of her song which gives the film its Turkish title makes the scene no less than a climax. Last but not least, the wonderful scenery of Istanbul can make you feel nostalgic if you are away. Beware!


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