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A compelling, unaffected and incisive slice of life on the gritty side of Istanbul, this intriguing fiction-documentary hybrid focuses on the informal Istanbul economy centred on the Bosporus Bridge.
Asli Özge's first feature was initially intended as a documentary, but grew instead into an intriguing fiction-documentary hybrid. Two of the film's main characters, Fikret Portakal and Umut Ilker, play themselves, participants in the informal Istanbul economy that centres on the Bosporus Bridge, which links the city's European and Asian sections; the third main character, a policeman, is played by Murat Tokgöz, brother of the real cop upon whom Özge based the character, who was recruited after his brother was denied permission by his superiors to appear in the film. A compelling, unaffected and incisive slice of life on the gritty side of Istanbul, Men on the Bridge was awarded the Golden Tulip Award for Best National Film at the Istanbul International Film Festival and received widespread acclaim at the Locarno International Film Festival.