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Men on the Bridge DVD

Spanning the divide between Europe and Asia, Istanbul's gridlocked Bosphorus Bridge is the focal point of Men on the Bridge, a wonderful portrait of life in the rapidly changing sprawl of today's city. Following the lives of three young inhabitants from the suburbs who use the bridge daily, the film uses non professional actors to tell their individual stories as their paths occasionally cross and they struggle to realise their aspirations.

Unemployed Fikret illegally sells roses in the traffic jam on the bridge, and would do anything to have a real job. Umutdrives a shared taxi, crossing the bridge every day, hoping that the work will allow him to rent a better apartment to satisfy his wife Cemile. Traffic cop Murat, who is stationed on the bridge, feels alone amongst the solid line of cars. Every night at home, he logs onto the internet, hoping that he might one day find love on line. Originally from Eastern Turkey, he finds the city a lonely place.

Unaware of each other Fikret, Umut and Murat intersect in the rush hour every day, along with millions of other Istanbulites, coping with the challenges of life in this frenetic city. Their stories are simple and universal, and are bought alive by the first rate performances of the excellent cast.
Directed by: Asli Ozge
Cast: Fikret Portakal, Murat Tokgoz, Umut Ilker, Cemile Ilker
Produced by: Fabian Massah, Asli Ozge
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTION 2009
GOLDEN WINGS AWARD LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
FILM FESTIVAL LOCARNO OFFICIAL SELECTION

Technical Details:

86 mins
RUNNING TIME
15
CERTIFICATE
Region 2
REGION
16:9
ASPECT RATIO
LANGUAGE
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"Magical...We come to know these people so well that they're still by our sides when we leave the film"
Financial Times


"Insightful...compassionate"
Total Film

"A film of genuine emotional resonance"
Little White Lies
 
"Resonant & Affecting"
Time Out

"Intelligent, understated"
The Guardian

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