Director: Fatih Akin, colour, 91 min., 2005
Documentary about the music scene in Istanbul.
Crossing the Bridge deals with the director's love for a city. The film describes a western point of view, a view from the distance, in a foreign, tense, erotic, dangerous, tempting city. It is a seeking, an odyssey, undertaken by the protagonist to explore the musical sources, influences and perspectives of the city.
Istanbul is burning. If Berlin was the hippest city in the early 90ies, Havanna at the end of the 90ies, it might be the beginning of the new millenium that gives Istanbul the role to represent Europe's ultimate megacity - you have to experience it! But does Istanbul belong to Europe anyway?
These days plenty of DJ's, musicians and artists from all over the world come to Istanbul. They are looking for inspiration, driven to lift the veil of the graceful beauty's secret.
Fatih Akin is a German filmmaker of Turkish origin. He won the Golden Bear for HEAD ON in 2004 and became, at the age of 30, one of the most influential European directors. At that time he had already completed film school, two short films, one documentary about his parents’ migration from Turkey to Hamburg, and three feature films. He then achieved international success with the drama THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007) for which he won the prize for Best Screenplay at the Festival de Cannes. The film also received the European Film Award and the German Film Award. For his following film SOUL KITCHEN (2009) Fatih Akin was honored with the Special Prize of the Jury at the Venice Film Festival. With his production company corazón international, founded in 2004, he has produced several films alongside his own productions, including the internationally successful films CHIKO, TAKVA and MIN DÎT. Fatih Akin has been directing his films exclusively for bombero international since 2012. THE CUT was shot in 2013 in Cuba, Canada, Jordan and Germany and is the first bombero international film release. A selection of his films includes: SHORT SHARP SHOCK (1998), IN JULY (2000), HEAD-ON (2004), CROSSING THE BRIDGE – THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL (2006), THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007), NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU (episode, 2008), SOUL KITCHEN (2009), POLLUTING PARADISE (2012), and THE CUT (2014).
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