Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul
Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul

Director Fatih Akin

Production year 2005

Length 92min.

Country Germany/Turkey


Crossing the Bridge deals with a director's love for a city. It is Fatih Akin, who is in love with the city and about to explore its sound. The film describes a western point of view, a view from the distance, in a foreign, tense, erotic, dangerous, tempting city. It is a search, an odyssey, undertaken by the protagonist to explore the musical sources, influences and perspectives of the city. Istanbul is sizzling.


Canvas Audience Award | Ghent IFF, Belgium, 2005

Audience Award | Mexico City IFF, Mexico, 2006


Fatih Akin
Fatih Akin



Fatih Akin, Sandra Harzer-Kux, Christian Kux, Klaus Maeck, Andreas Thiel, Tina Mersmann


Fatih Akin

Director of Photography

Hervé Dieu


Johannes Grehl, Andreas Hildebrandt


Andrew Bird

Production company(ies)

Intervista Digital Media

Fatih Akin

Born 1973, Hamburg, Germany. A son of Turkish parent, he studied film at the University Of Fine Arts Of Hamburg, graduating in 2000. From 1993 to 2004 he worked with Wüste Filmproduktion, Hamburg. In 2003, founded Corazon International Film Production Company. 2005, was a visiting professor at the College of Fine Arts of University of Fine Arts of Hamburg.


Sensin – Du bist es!/Sensin…You’re the One! (1995); Getürkt/Weed (1996); Kurz und schmerzlos/Short Shqrp Shock (1998); Im Juli/In July (2000); Denk ich an Deutchland – Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren (2000); Selmo (2002); Gegen die Wand/Head-On (2004); Visions of Europe (segment Die alten bosen Lieder/The Evil Old Songs, 2004); Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005); Auf der anderen Seite/The Edge of Heaven (2007); New York, I Love You (segment, 2009); Deutchland 09: 13 kurtze Filme zur Lage der Nation/Germany 09: 13 Short Films about the State of the Nation (segment Der name Murat Kurnaz/Being Murat Kurnaz, 2008); Soul Kitchen (2009)

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