Crossing the Bridge. The Sound of Istanbul

Crossing the Bridge. The Sound of Istanbul

Deutschland 2004/2005, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

Crossing the Bridge

2004 has been an exciting and busy year for Hamburg-based filmmaker Fatih Akin. To begin with, his feature Head-On ("Gegen die Wand") won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale and then picked up four “Lolas” at the German Film Awards.


What′s more, he found time in between promotional tours for "Head-On" to shoot a five-minute short as Germany′s contribution to the ARTE omnibus film "Visions of Europe" which was broadcast in May.

Then he spent this summer working in Istanbul on the music documentary "Crossing the Bridge", a kind of love letter from the director to the city through the sounds of its different musical styles.

"Fatih approached us in the summer of 2003 with the idea of making a documentary about music in Istanbul because he knew we had worked on music documentaries for ARTE in the past," recalls producer Sandra Harzer-Kux of Intervista Digital Media. "In addition, we knew each other personally because I had previously worked at Wueste Film."

The idea for the project came from the meeting between the Turkish singer Selim Sesler and Alexander Hacke, a member of the German group Einstuerzende Neubauten, during the making of "Head-On". "Alexander had traveled to Istanbul to produce the tracks with Selim who could speak neither English nor German, and Alexander neither Turkish nor Gypsy," Harzer-Kux explains. "So, they only communicated through the music. Fatih had observed this at the time and thought it was a great image of how one can make oneself understood across borders via music without speaking a language, of how one can bring East and West together with music as a universal language."

Fatih traveled to Istanbul in June to meet the various musicians featured in the film - some of them appeared on the soundtrack to "Head-On" - and learn more about their personal backgrounds. Some footage was shot in July, but principal photography began at the beginning of August and lasted through until September.

"We had thought about whether we should shoot in other parts of Turkey," Harzer adds, "but we realized that everything has its place in Istanbul. There are many quarters where the cultural origins are visible, and that was actually our point: to portray Istanbul through the music and the various influences."

The film has been picked up for theatrical release in Turkey by R-Films who also handled "Head-On" and will release Ayse Polat′s Locarno prize-winner "En Garde". Harzer-Kux expects the film to be popular with Turkish audiences since many of the featured artists such as Sezen Aksu are real superstars there. Moreover, Crossing the Bridge will be sure to make these performers better known in the Western world as well.

Source: German films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Fatih Akin
Assistant director:Shermin Langhoff
Screenplay:Fatih Akin
Director of photography:Hervé Dieu
Assistant camera:Lothar Niehaus
2nd Camera unit:Thierry Taieb, Gokhan Atılmış, Fatih Akin, Andreas Thiel, Lothar Niehaus
Editing:Andrew Bird
Assistant editor:Nikolai Hartmann
Sound:Johannes Grehl
Sound mixer:Alexander Hacke
Music:Alexander Hacke
Music (other):Klaus Maeck (Music Consultant)
Participation:Alexander Hacke, Baba Zula (?), Orient Expressions (Istanbul), Duman, Replikas, Ceza, Erkin Koray, Istanbul Style Breakers (?), Mercan Dede, Selim Sesler, Brenna MacCrimmon, Siya Siyabend, Aynur, Orhan Gencebay, Müzeyyen Senar, Sezen Aksu
Production company:intervista digital media GmbH (Hamburg)
in co-production with:Corazón International GmbH & Co. KG (Hamburg)
Producer:Fatih Akin, Klaus Maeck, Andreas Thiel, Sandra Harzer-Kux, Christian Kux
Producer (TV):Jeanette Würl
Line producer:Tina Mersmann
Location manager:Murat Alagoz
Shoot:07.2004-09.2004: Istanbul
Original distributor:Pictorion Pictures GmbH (Hürth)
Funding:nordmedia Fonds GmbH Niedersachsen und Bremen (Hannover + Bremen), FilmFörderung Hamburg GmbH (Hamburg)
Length:2442 m, 89 min
Format:DV - überspielt auf 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 20.12.2004, 101009, ab 12 Jahren / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 15.02.2005, Berlin, IFF - Panorama Dokumente;
Kinostart (DE): 07.04.2005;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 18.05.2008, ARD

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Crossing the Bridge

Versions

Original

Length:2442 m, 89 min
Format:DV - überspielt auf 35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 20.12.2004, 101009, ab 12 Jahren / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 15.02.2005, Berlin, IFF - Panorama Dokumente;
Kinostart (DE): 07.04.2005;
TV-Erstsendung (DE): 18.05.2008, ARD
 

Awards

FICCO Mexico City 2006
Publikumspreis, Bester Dokumentarfilm