CROSSING THE BRIDGE - THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL (THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL)
directed by Fatih AKIN
GERMANYThe German-born Turkish director Fatih Akin, a member of the jury for the Festival's Official Selection of feature films, has also made the journey to the Croisette this year to present his new film, Crossing the Bridge, out of competition. Five years after making Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren, the filmmaker, who was awarded a Berlin Festival Golden Bear in 2004 for Head-On, revisits the documentary genre to portray the daily life, rich with musical and cultural wealth, of the inhabitants of Istanbul, the great metropolis located at the crossroads between Orient and Occident.
One of the main personalities you'll meet on screen in this narrative is musician and composer Alexander Hacke. A veteran of the German avant-garde music scene, he arrives in Istanbul to write the sound track for the film Head-On. His meeting with the members of the neo-psychedelic band Baba Zula is decisive. With their guidance, he succeeds in assembling a collage of Istanbul's musical diversity, a colorful patchwork of sounds and moods for the whole world to appreciate. One of Fatih Akin's main purposes in this documentary is to make international audiences aware of the originality of Istanbul's forms of musical expression, both modern and ancient.
1.) Confucius says:
When you come to a place and want to understand it, listen to the music that is played there.
2.) I don't believe the East starts in Istanbul and goes to China. And the West starts in Greece and goes to L.A.
3.) Music is only one of the toys that can change the world. The street is neutral turf. That's why it brings people together. Whatever class you belong to, it's a common denominator for everyone.
This documentary is about musical, cultural and every-day life in the Turkish metropolis between orient and occident. With his film the author and director Fatih Akin wishes to introduce an international audience to the diversity and uniqueness of the historic and recent espressions of musical creativity in the heart of Istanbul.
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