Dir. Fatih Akin, Germany/France 2009, 99 min, German w/English subtitles, digital proj. starring: Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Ünel, Anna Bederke, Adam Bousdoukos
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 born in 1973 in Hamburg can already look back at an impressive body of work.
The most prominent in a group of Turkish-German filmmakers, he made his first length feature film, Short Sharp Shock (Kurz und schmerzlos) in 1998, winning the Bronze Leopard at Locarno and the Bavarian Film Award (Best Young Director). His other films include: In July (Im Juli, 2000), Wir haben vergessen zurueckzukehren (2001), Solino (2002), the Berlinale Golden Bear-winner and winner of the German and European Film Awards Head-On (Gegen die Wand, 2004), Crossing the Bridge - The Sound of Istanbul (2005), and The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite, 2007).
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