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_Planet Galata: A Bridge in Istanbul

Planet Galata is a nonlinear documentary portrait of the diverse characters that frequent the Galata Bridge in Istanbul, a microcosm of the city at large.

2010 Berke Bas,Florian Thalhofer
EN (subtitles),TR Visit the project

“A linear film is a film that is exactly the same every time you look at it. Every scene is glued to each other once and forever. The concept of linear film is the result of technical limitations during pre-computer times.”

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Istanbul’s Galata Bridge is a bustling hub of activity where residents and tourists from all walks of life converge. Florian Thalhofer and Berke Bas’s nonlinear documentary invite users to navigate through a mosaic of characters—including restaurant owners, street cleaners, and inspector Ömer, the “King of the Bridge”—all of whom share their stories, troubles, and perspectives on life in the city. Thalhofer was an early pioneer of nonlinear cinema and creator of Korsakow, a software system for interactive storytelling in which Planet Galata was made. Thalhofer also edited a linear film using the same source footage, which was broadcast on ARTE.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN (subtitles),TR
Country : Germany,Turkey
Year : 2010
Author : Berke Bas,Florian Thalhofer
Producer : Kloos and Co Medien
Exhibition Venues : IDFA DocLab
Budget Range : $125k
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