Men On the Bridge
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 todays 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 (17) illegally sells roses in the traffic jam on the bridge and would do anything to have a real job. Umut (28) drives 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 online. 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 brought alive by the first rate performances of the excellent cast.
Starring Cemile Ilker, Umut Ilker, Fikret Portakal
Director Asli Özge