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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 ... 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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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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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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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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Surprise Highlight of the Bangkok Film Festival 2006
20 February 2006 | by galtroarcSee 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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