The Galata bridge in Istanbul is a cosmos of its own. Between shops, restaurants and streams of tourists we meet people who spend their work days on the bridge. Among these are Kemal, a restaurant owner; Gaffur and Erkan, kitchen helpers who work at the rival restaurant next door; paper recyclers Bayram and Erdogan; Sadiye, who after her husband´s death comes to the bridge every day to fish; and Ömer, the bridge's manager and secret “King” of the bridge.
Renowned media artist Florian Thalhofer has developed non-linear forms of storytelling in audiovisual media over the past decade. For this cross-media project he teamed up with Turkish filmmaker Berke Baş.
Title: Planet Galata
Original Title: Planet Galata - Eine Brücke in Istanbul
Language versions: Various languages with English subtitles
Length: 53 min
Director: Berke Bas, Florian Thalhofer
Production: Kloos & Co. Medien
World Sales: Rise and Shine
Festivals: 2011: IF Istanbul (TR), DOKFest München (DE), 2010: DokFest Sheffield (UK), IDFA (NL) (selection)
Age Recommendation: 12