Soul Kitchen

Poster for Soul Kitchen

Winter 2011 Features series

Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 4:00pm
Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 7:00pm

Acadia Cinema's Al Whittle Theatre
450 Main Street, Wolfville, NS

Directed by Fatih Akin

Screenplay by Fatih Akin, Adam Bousdoukos

Starring Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu and Birol Ünel

Rated NR · 1h 39m
German, Greek

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Soul Kitchen

A lark and a gas from Turkish-German filmmaker, Fatih Akin. “Better known for serious-minded explorations of the new, multicultural Europe, Akin tunes his instrument to a higher, more farcical pitch here. ‘Soul Kitchen’ is also the name of the ragtag restaurant in a scruffy neighborhood of Hamburg, Germany, whose anguished proprietor, Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos), can’t decide whether to stay and fight for his business or chase his wayward girlfriend to Shanghai. His ne’er-do-well brother, Illias (the terrific German actor Moritz Bleibtreu)–a mess of tics, gangster mannerisms and failed schemes–is just out of prison, and Zinos’ temperamental, haute-cuisine chef seems poorly matched to the customer base.

This sort of slam-bang Marx Brothers comedy, where the coincidences pile atop each other and almost every scene ends in chaos, is undeniably appealing. Indeed, the clear subtext of Soul Kitchen is the fact that in Hamburg a Turkish-German like Akin and a Greek-German like co-screenwriter/star Bousdoukos can make a comedy together, while their cousins back home have a considerably more fraught relationship.” From Salon