Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen / Bucătăria sufletului
2009 / 99 min / Germany-France
Script Fatih Akin, Adam Bousdoukos
Directing Fatih Akin
Cinematographer Rainer Klausmann
Editing Andrew Bird
Music Ulrich Kodjo Wendt
Producer Fatih Akin, Klaus Maeck/ Corazón International
Adam Bousdoukos Zinos Kazantsakis
Moritz Bleibtreu Ilias Kazantsakis
Pheline Roggan Nadine Krüger

Zinos, a young restaurant-owner, is left by his long-term girlfriend Nadine. Zinos spends more time in the restaurant than with her, and she has just been offered a job in Shanghai.
After she left, Zinos decides to sell his restaurant.
Zinos doesn't know better but to follow Nadine - so he tries to sell the restaurant. And suddenly there are only three weeks to go before the closure.
In these three weeks, pure anarchy breaks out in the Soul Kitchen: the chef cooks what he's always wanted to cook, a new DJ gets the guests dancing after their meals, artists exhibit their work - and the guests like it. Rumours of the cult Soul Kitchen spread right around Hamburg.
At the very last party, Zinos realises it was a mistake to sell the restaurant. When he finds out it's going to be torn down to make way for a shopping mall, he moves heaven and earth to get the Soul Kitchen back...


Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg, Germany from Turhish parents. His first film was Short Sharp Shock which brought him the "Bronze Leopard" award in Locarno. His fourth work, Head-On (Gegen die Wand) was a major success in 2004 and received several prizes, among them the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival and the "Best Film" and the "Audience Award" at the 2004 European Film Awards. In 2007, Akin's The Edge of Heaven, won the prize for best screenplay at the 60th Cannes Film Festival in 2007. In 2009 he directed Soul Kitchen for which he was nominated for Best Film-David di Donatello Awards, among other awards and nominations. He has said he chose this more light-hearted film because he needed a break after making the "tough" films Head-On and The Edge of Heaven. His last film The Cut is based on the Armenian Genocide, was nominated for Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival) and won Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award - Special Mention.