Production: MIND RIOT, NIPPES YARD, PIXIU FILMS, PORT AU PRINCE, SAM, TASKOVSKI FILMS, VOX PICTURES
Directors: FARID ESLAM, OLLI WALDHAUER
World Sales: Journeyman Pictures
The story of the exceptional alliance of rival football fan groups during the Gezi protests in Istanbul.
The film was shot during the protests in Istanbul in June 2013 and in the following months when the football season started again.
Being both Eslam's and Waldhauer's debut film, the film had a successful festival run with its international premiere at the prestigious Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and many more international film festivals around the world.
It was nominated for the German Human Rights Film Award 2014.
It also was theatrically distributed in Germany and Switzerland, earning great critical acclaim:
The Hollywood Reporter: "Istanbul United is a spectacle to behold. … Eslam and Waldhauer's debut is a clarion call.”
DIE WELT: “The most revolutionary football film ever made.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung: “A masterpiece about helplessness and resistance.”
Raindance Film Festival: “Brutal and vibrant: this is Istanbul United.”
DER SPIEGEL: “As impressive as it is disturbing.”
Stuttgarter Zeitung: “Revealing and upsetting.”
taz: “An impressive documentary.”