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SOUL KITCHEN (photo © corazón international/Gordon Timpen)

Young restaurant owner Zinos is down on his luck. His girlfriend Nadine has moved to Shanghai, his "Soul Kitchen" customers are boycotting the new gourmet chef, and he's having back trouble! Things start looking up when the hip crowd embraces his revamped culinary concept, but that doesn't mend Zinos’ broken heart. He decides to fly to China for Nadine, leaving the restaurant in the hands of his unreliable ex-con brother Illias. Both decisions turn out disastrous: Illias gambles away the restaurant to a shady real estate agent and Nadine has found a new lover! But brothers Zinos and Illias might still have one last chance to get Soul Kitchen back if they can stop arguing and work together as a team.

Fatih Akin is an internationally successful filmmaker. He won the Golden Bear for HEAD ON in 2004 and at that time he had already completed film school, two short films, one documentary about his parents’ migration from Turkey to Hamburg, and three feature films. He then achieved international success with the drama THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007) for which he won the prize for Best Screenplay at the Festival de Cannes. The film also received the European Film Award and the German Film Award. For his following film, SOUL KITCHEN (2009), he was honored with the Special Prize of the Jury at the Venice Film Festival. With his production company corazón international, founded in 2004, he has produced several films alongside his own productions, including the internationally successful films CHIKO, TAKVA and MIN DÎT. He has been directing his films exclusively for his production company bombero international since 2012. THE CUT was the company’s first production and premiered in 2014 in Venice. In 2017 his film IN THE FADE with Diane Kruger and Denis Moschitto in the leading roles premiered in Cannes in Competition, where Diane Kruger won the award for Best Actress. The film also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. A selection of his films includes: SHORT SHARP SHOCK (1998), IN JULY (2000), HEAD-ON (2004), CROSSING THE BRIDGE – THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL (2006), THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (2007), NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU (episode, 2008), SOUL KITCHEN (2009), POLLUTING PARADISE (2012), THE CUT (2014), IN THE FADE (2017), and THE GOLDEN GLOVE (2019).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Director Fatih Akin
Screenplay Fatih Akin
Cinematography Rainer Klausmann
Andrew Bird
Klaus Maeck
Tamo Kunz
Cast Anna Bederke, Dorka Gryllus, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Demir Goekgoel, Marc Hosemann, Cem Akin, Pheline Roggan, Birol Uenel, Moritz Bleibtreu, Lucas Gregorowicz, Adam Bousdoukos, Udo Kier
Producers Klaus Maeck, Fatih Akin
Production Company corazón international, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, Pyramide Productions/Paris, in cooperation with Dorje Film/Rome
Length 99 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Surround EX
Festivals Venice 2009 (In Competition), Toronto 2009, Ghent 2009, Thessaloniki 2009 (Opening Film), Gijon 2009, Tallinn Black Nights 2009, Berlin 2010 (German Cinema), Sofia 2010, Tribeca 2010, CPH:PIX Copenhagen 2010, San Francisco 2010, Seattle 2010, Shanghai 2011, Plus Cameraimage 2011, Lecce 2015, Poitiers 2015, Guanajuato 2017
Awards Special Jury Prize Venice 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund, Nordmedia, BKM
German Distributor Pandora Film Verleih/Cologne

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