Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival5th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 30 - April 28, 2006


U.S. Premiere




Festivals and Awards:

  • Screened at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival



2005, 92 minutes
In Turkish, English and German  with English subtitles  
Featuring:    Alexander Hacke, Baba Zula, Orient Expressions, Duman, Replikas, 
Erkin Koray, Ceza, Istanbul Style Breakers, Mercan Dede, Selim Sesler, Brenna MacGrimmon, Siyasiyabend, Orhan Gencebay, Muzeyyen Senar, Sezen Aksu, Sertab Erener 
Co-presented with the Goethe-Institut Boston  
Screening Date: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 8 p.m.  



A European musician and composer sets out to capture the musical diversity of Istanbul. A lover of experimenting with sound, Alexander Hacke (of the German avantgarde band Einstürzende Neubauten) roams the streets of Istanbul with his mobile recording studio and "magic mike" to assemble an inspired portrait of Turkish music. His voyage leads to the discovery of a broad spectrum ranging from modern electronic, rock and hip-hop to classical "Arabesque". As he wanders through this seductive world, Alex collects impressions and tracks by artists such as neo-psychedelic band Baba Zula, fusion DJs Orient Expressions, rock groups Duman and Replikas, maverick rocker Erkin Koray, Ceza (Turkey’s answer to Public Enemy), breakdance performers Istanbul Style Breakers, digital dervish Mercan Dede, renowned clarinetist Selim Sesler, Canadian folk singer Brenna MacCrimmon, street performers Siyasiyabend, the "Elvis of Arabesque" Orhan Gencebay, and legendary divas Muzeyyen Senar and Sezen Aksu. 



About the Director: Fatih Akin

Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg's College of Fine Arts in 1994. His collaboration with Wueste Film also dates from this time. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, Sensin - You're The One! (Sensin - Du bist es!), which received the Audience Award at the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. His second short film, Weed (Getuerkt, 1996), received several national and international festival prizes. His first full length feature film, Short Sharp Shock (Kurz und schmerzlos, 1998) won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno and the Bavarian Film Award (Best Young Director) in 1998. His other films include: In July (Im Juli, 2000), Wir haben vergessen zurueckzukehren, 2001), Solino (2002), and Head-On (Gegen die Wand, 2003), winner of the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Selected Filmography:

Soul Kitchen (2005)
Crossing the Bridge (2005)
Head-On (Gegen die Wand, 2004)
Solino (2002)
In July (Im Juli, 2000)
Short Sharp Shock (Kurz und schmerzlos, 1998)
Weed (Geturkt, 1996)
Sensin - You're the One! (Sensin - Du bist es!, 1995)



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