Soul Kitchen

A film by Fatih Akin


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! When it seems he lost everything, he grabs for the very last chance to get his Soul Kitchen back.


Adam Bousdoukos: Zinos
Moritz Bleibtreu: Illias
Birol Ünel: Shayn
Pheline Roggan: Nadine
Anna Bederke: Lucia Faust
Lucas Gregorowicz: Lutz 
Dorka Gryllus: Anna Mondstein 
Demir Gökgöl: Sokrates


Director: Fatih Akin
Screenplay: Fatih Akin, Adam Bousdoukos
Producers: Klaus Maeck, Fatih Akin
Co-Producers: Fabienne Vonier, Alberto Fanni, Flaminio Zadra, Paolo Colombo
Cinematographer: Rainer Klausmann
Editor: Andrew Bird
Sound: Kai Lüde (BVFT)
Art Director: Tamo Kunz
Music Supervisor: Klaus Maeck

Production information

A production of Corazón International
In co-production with Pyramide Productions / Ndr
In cooperation with Dorje Film
With support from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Filmförderungsanstalt, Nordmedia Fonds, Der Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.

Technical information

Germany - France
Year of production : 2009
Length : 99 mn

Festivals and awards

Official Selection Venise Film Festival 2009: Special Jury Prize


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