24.9. - 3.10.2020

Soul Kitchen Germany 2009 | 99 min | OV | Colour | FF 2009

Fatih Akin

Fatih Akin is one of the most successful film directors in Germany. Gangster films, family sagas, love stories or road movies - Akin’s films defy any boundaries set between genres and stand for young, unconventional cinema.

Fatih Akin was born in Hamburg in 1973, son of Turkish immigrants. On completing high school, he studied Visual Communications at the Hamburger Hochschule für bildende Künste (HfbK). His debut as a film director was in 1998 with “Kurz und schmerzlos” ("Short Sharp Shock"). For his fourth film, “Head-On”, Fatih Akin was awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlinale, the German Film Award and the European Film Award. In 2005, he was a member of the jury at Cannes International Film Festival, where he also celebrated the world premiere of his film "Auf der anderen Seite" ("The Edge of Heaven") in 2007. The film received the Best Screenplay Award.

Fatih Akin works as a director and producer in Hamburg.

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Director Fatih Akin loves Hamburg – and Filmfest Hamburg loves Fatih Akin. The best prerequisite for presenting his sixth feature film as the opening film of the 17th Filmfest Hamburg. Akin describes “Soul Kitchen” as his “first ever Heimatfilm” – and seldom has one seen Hamburg and actors from Hamburg staged so beautifully. The film centres on Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos) the owner of a run-down restaurant. When his girlfriend Nadine leaves for China, it seems that Zino’s time has come. But then his new cook (Birol ?œnel) revives the place – and the guests begin to come. Many of
them. Unable to forget Nadine, Zino rents the place out to his brother Illias (Moritz Bleibtreu), a day release prisoner. Soon the real estate agent Neumann (Wotan Wilke Möhring) begins to work Illias…
A story of love, lust, Lucullan delights and loyalty. And an homage to Hamburg.

Orig. Title: Soul Kitchen
Filmtype: Fiction Feature
Original language: German
Director: Fatih Akin
Screenplay: Fatih Akin, Adam Bousdoukos
Cast: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, BirolÜnel, Anna Bederke
Producer: Fatih Akin,Klaus Maeck
Sprachfassung: OV
Music: Supervisor: Klaus Maeck
Director of Photography: Rainer Klausmann
Production Design: Tamo Kunz
Editor: Andrew Bird
Commissioning Editor:
Format: 35 mm
German Distributor: Pandora Film GmbH & Co.Verleih KG
World Sales: The Match Factory GmbH, Balthasarstrasse 79-81, 50670 Köln, Germany, Tel: +49 221 539 70945, Fax: +49 221 539 70910, email:,
Production: corazón international GmbH


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