The New York audience showed great interest in the film, which was presented by Özge and director of photography Emre Erkmen on June 20. The screening was followed by an extensive discussion with the filmmakers hosted by MoMA senior film curator Laurence Kardish.
The film was screened several times a day from June 20-25 at MoMa’s Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. The New York Times published an article in which it praised the film. “There’s palpable verisimilitude in Aslı Özge’s ‘Köprüdekiler’ (Men on the Bridge), a powerful portrait of working-class İstanbul that artfully suggests a wellspring of found moments. Quietly, steadily, it gathers a resonance belying its slice-of-life scale,” the article said.
Furthermore, leading weekly magazines The Village Voice and Time Out New York praised the film, stating that “Köprüdekiler” is a fascinating attempt to straddle modernism and realism.
Prior to the MoMA screenings, “Men on the Bridge” was released in countries such as Germany, the UK and the Netherlands. The film will also be released in France in the autumn.
The 2009 film was awarded best feature film prizes at the 28th İstanbul International Film Festival and the 16th Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival in 2009 and received the best film award at the 21st Ankara International Film Festival’s national feature film competition in 2010.
Özge is currently working on her next feature film, “Woman and Man,” which finished shooting in mid-April.