Crossing the Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul
A European musician and composer sets out to capture the musical diversity of Istanbul. Alexander Hacke, from the German avant-garde band Einstürzende Neubauten, roams the streets of Istanbul with his mobile recording studio to compose an inspired portrait of Turkish music. His voyage leads to the discovery of a broad spectrum ranging from modern electronic, rock and hip-hop to classical "Arabesque". This documentary is about musical, cultural and everyday life in the Turkish metropolis between the East and the West.
Fatih Akin (b. 1973) was born in Hamburg with Turkish parents. He studied visual communications at Hamburg College of Fine Art in 1994, and graduated in 2000. Since 1993 he has worked for Wüste Filmproduction. In addition to acting in his own films, Akin has made a number of music videos. His first feature film was KURZ UND SMERTZLOS (1998), which received numerous awards. His latest feature, HEAD ON, won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale and the German and European Film Awards, and was screened at last year's BIFF.