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Men on the Bridge (2009)

Köprüdekiler (original title)
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The stories of three men working at the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul are told by the original characters, in this mosaic depicting real persons exposing their lives and aspirations.

Director:

Asli Özge

Writer:

Asli Özge
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Fikret Portakal Fikret Portakal ... Fikret
Murat Tokgöz Murat Tokgöz ... Murat
Umut Ilker Umut Ilker ... Umut
Cemile Ilker Cemile Ilker ... Cemile
Serkan Özcan Serkan Özcan ... Murat's roommate
Ibrahim Çayirci Ibrahim Çayirci ... Ibo
Bülent Demirkiran Bülent Demirkiran ... Umut's chief
Didem Delen Didem Delen
Nezihe Özcan Nezihe Özcan
Hüseyin Güler Hüseyin Güler ... Body building coach
Belma Topçakar Belma Topçakar ... MP's daughter (as Belma Topcakar)
Tayfun Kiskaç Tayfun Kiskaç
Salih Küp Salih Küp
Yalçin Küp Yalçin Küp
Selçuk Portakal Selçuk Portakal
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The stories of three men working at the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul are told by the original characters, in this mosaic depicting real persons exposing their lives and aspirations.

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Drama

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An uncomfortable hybrid of fact and fiction that is sure to leave some alienated...
25 March 2010 | by cgyfordSee all my reviews

Turkish TV director Asli Özge ("Ein bisschen April") teams-up with award winning cinematographer Emre Erkmen ("2 Girls") for this curious slice of social commentary the blurs the lines between fiction and documentary and has picked up top awards at the Istanbul, Altın Koza and Ankara international film festivals.

Street-side flower seller Fikret (Fikret Portakal), dolmuş driver Umut (Umut İlker) and traffic policeman Murat (Murat Tokgöz) are young men from the grim suburbs who find their lives and dreams centred on the Bosporus Bridge at the heart of Istanbul in a microcosm of Turkish life in the 21st century.

The trio of non-professional performers are dominated by the brilliant Fikret Portakal, who subtly portrays himself, with fine support coming from a much put-upon Umut İlker, also as himself, and an agonisingly awkward Murat Tokgöz, superbly sending up his own brother (who as a professional policeman was not allowed to appear in the film).

The director has created a curious hybrid which looks like a full-blown feature, thanks to some sumptuous camera work from Emre Erkmen, but plays out more like a documentary with no real narrative drive, leaving outsiders like myself somewhat alienated by this intimate examination of the modern Turkish condition.

"I want all the things you want."


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Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

20 June 2012 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Istanbul, Turkey

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Budget:

EUR400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,563
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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