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Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen
International title Soul Kitchen
Section 47 edición - Sección Oficial Largometrajes Fuera de Competición
Country Alemania
Year 2009
Running time 99
Director Fatih Akin
Screenplay Fatih Akin, Adam Bousdoukos
Film Editing Andrew Bird
Photography Rainer Klausmann
Music Klaus Maeck, Pia Hoffman
Production Klaus Maeck, Fatih Akin
Production design Tamo Kunz
Cast Adam Bousdoukos (Zinos), Moritz Bleibtreu (Illias), Birol Unel (Shahyn), Anna Bederke, Pheline Roggan (Nadine), Lucas Gregorowicz, Dorka Gryllus, Wotan Wilke Moehring (Neumann)
Web site

Corazón International GmbH

Distribution Company

Golem Distribución


Zinos, a German Greek, needs to do up his restaurant, “Soul Kitchen”. His financial situation is tight, and to make matters worse he is being pressured by the local real estate sharks, his girlfriend has gone to Shanghai, and he is forced to take on his brother, who has just been released from jail. To the rhythm of soul by Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cooke, The Isley Brothers, Kool & the Gang and Quincy Jones, Zinos gives a classier touch to his working class restaurant. He recruits an odd mixture of colourful characters to help him, and together they make Soul Kitchen a fresh, unassuming comedy which took the Jury Prize at the Venetian Film Festival.

Director bio

Fatih Akin was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1973. There, he studied audiovisual communication, and in 1995, he filmed his first short film, Sensin - Du Bist Es!, followed by Geturkt, in 1996. Both films received awards at numerous festivals on the international circuit. In 1998, he released his first feature length film, Short Sharp Shock, which won the Bronze Leopard at Locarno Festival. He also received the award for best young director at the Bavarian Film Festival that year. His next feature films were Im Juli (2000) and Solino (2002). In 2004 he founded his production company, Corazón International, with which he made his subsequent films. His next feature film, Head On, was received with great success on the international festival circuit, taking the Golden Bear in Berlin, and the Best Film and Audience Award at the European Film Awards. In 2005 he directed the documentary Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul, and in 2007 he released The Edge of Heaven, which  received the Best Screenplay Award both in Cannes and in the first edition of the LUZ prize for European Cinema by the European Parliament.  Soul Kitchen (2009) is his latest work. It has already received awards at the Venice Film Festival.