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Soul Kitchen -- In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef.


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Fatih Akin (screenplay)
Adam Bousdoukos (screenplay)
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Release Date:
17 December 2009 (Greece) See more »
"Leben ist, was passiert, waehrend du dabei bist, andere Plaene zu machen" (Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.)
In Hamburg, German-Greek chef Zinos unknowingly disturbs the peace in his locals-only restaurant by hiring a more talented chef. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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4 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Charming - but you need to be tuned See more (26 total) »


  (in credits order)
Adam Bousdoukos ... Zinos Kazantsakis

Moritz Bleibtreu ... Illias Kazantsakis

Pheline Roggan ... Nadine Krüger

Anna Bederke ... Lucia Faust

Birol Ünel ... Shayn Weiss

Dorka Gryllus ... Anna Mondstein
Wotan Wilke Möhring ... Thomas Neumann
Lucas Gregorowicz ... Lutz
Demir Gökgöl ... Sokrates
Cem Akin ... Milli
Marc Hosemann ... Ziege
Catrin Striebeck ... Frau Schuster vom Finanzamt
Ugur Yücel ... Knochenbrecher

Udo Kier ... Herr Jung
Monica Bleibtreu ... Nadines Großmutter
Bernd Gajkowski ... Trucker
Herma Koehn ... Gast
Julia Wachsmann ... Tanja

Markus Imboden ... Vater Nadine
Gudrun Egner ... Mutter Nadine
Gustav-Peter Wöhler ... Nörgelgast
Zarah Jane McKenzie ... Kellnerin

Peter Lohmeyer ... Restaurantbesitzer
Senol Ugurlu ... Häftling (as Senol 'Shayn' Ugurlu)
Francesco Fiannaca ... JVA Beamter
Hendrik von Bültzingslöwen ... Assistent von Frau Schuster
Simon Goerts ... Tschako (as Simon Görts)

Jan Fedder ... Meyer
Arne Benzing ... Bad Boy Boogiez
Piotr Gregorowicz ... Bad Boy Boogiez
Hans Ludwiczak ... Bad Boy Boogiez
Jan Weichsel ... Bad Boy Boogiez
Bülent Celebi ... Ali Davidson

Philipp Baltus ... DJ
Peter Jordan ... Notar
Wolfgang Schumacher ... Dr. Schlecht
Maverick Quek ... Han
Fritz Renzo Heinze ... Pfarrer
Joana Adu-Gyamfi ... Apothekerin
Till Huster ... Polizist
Maria Ketikidou ... Kommissarin
Klaus Maeck ... Deutscher im Wartezimmer
Torsten Lemke ... Patient
Salman Kurtulan ... Türke im Wartezimmer
Ernest Hausmann ... Afrikaner im Wartezimmer
Lars Rudolph ... Richter im Amtsgericht
Emek Kavukcuoglu ... Junger Makler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jan Karpinski ... Restaurantbesucher (uncredited)
Torben Karstens ... Angry Customer (uncredited)
Inna Knaus ... Prostituierte (uncredited)
Thomas Schunke ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mischuhin Zolot ... Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Fatih Akin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fatih Akin  screenplay
Adam Bousdoukos  screenplay

Produced by
Fatih Akin .... producer
Paolo Colombo .... co-producer
Alberto Fanni .... co-producer
Ann-Kristin Homann .... producer
Klaus Maeck .... producer
Christian Springer .... line producer
Fabienne Vonier .... co-producer
Jeanette Würl .... producer: NDR
Flaminio Zadra .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Rainer Klausmann 
Film Editing by
Andrew Bird 
Casting by
Monique Akin 
Production Design by
Tamo Kunz 
Art Direction by
Seth Turner 
Costume Design by
Katrin Aschendorf 
Makeup Department
Nicola Faas .... key makeup artist
Maike Heinlein .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Andrea Bockelmann .... production manager
Florian Bothe .... set manager
Tarik Erpinar .... unit manager
Steffen Gerdes .... assistant unit manager
Jürgen Sitzer .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cecile Heisler .... assistant director (as Cecilie Heisler-Zigulla)
Nurhan Sekerci-Porst .... second assistant director (as Nurhan Sekerci)
Art Department
Doga Cigsar .... assistant property master
Gonda Hinrichs .... construction coordinator
Maythe Stavermann .... graphic designer
Beate ter Schüren .... property master: outdoor
Sound Department
Richard Borowski .... sound re-recording mixer
Sascha Heiny .... adr recordist
Andreas Hildebrandt .... sound designer
Andreas Hildebrandt .... supervising sound editor
Kai Lüde .... sound mixer
Jörn Martens .... boom operator
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Kuen-Il Song .... sound editor
Markus Stemler .... foley editor
Kai Storck .... dialogue editor
Hanse Warns .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Norbert Skodock .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Thomas Diesselhorst .... digital artist
Dirk Frischmuth .... Flyeranimation
Frank Hellmann .... digital intermediate supervisor
Markus 'Maggi' Selchow .... visual effects
Uwe Mansshardt .... stunts
Ronnie Paul .... stunt coordinator
Axel Wagener .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthias Bode .... grip
Miriam Fassbender .... assistant camera
Christian Graf .... first assistant "b" camera
Torsten Lemke .... gaffer
Astrid Miegel .... assistant camera
Carsten Scharrmann .... key grip
Donat Schilling .... steadicam operator
Gordon A. Timpen .... additional photography
Gordon A. Timpen .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Ronney Afortu .... colorist
Julia Drache .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Pia Hoffmann .... music supervisor
Other crew
Jörn Martens .... food stylist (as Joern Martens)
Harro von Have .... legal counsel: producer
Harro von Have .... legal services: production
Ali Akendiz .... thanks
Cem Akin .... dedicatee (as My Brother Cem)
Monica Bleibtreu .... in memory of
Chris Bousdoukos .... thanks
Timo Bousdoukos .... thanks
Kai Erickson .... thanks
Richard Klubeck .... thanks
Michéle Knaup .... thanks
Feridun Koc .... thanks
Nadine Köhler .... thanks
Sherman Langhoff .... thanks
Denis Moschitto .... thanks
Mustafa Pancar .... thanks
Anna Renckstorf .... thanks
Suzan Sekerci .... thanks
Rabea Wachsmann .... thanks
Uta Winterhof .... thanks
Linda Zappe .... thanks

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99 min
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

There is a restaurant named "Soul Kitchen" in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia.See more »
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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Charming - but you need to be tuned, 9 October 2012
Author: Cinish Narayanan from United States

The reason I picked this up was that I had read/heard somewhere that this had inspired the movie 'Ustad Hotel' in 'malayalam' which I had enjoyed.

Having seen excellent movies like The Trap/Troubled Water/L' Infante recently, I was not extremely impressed by this one but at the same time the movie is young and lovable.

There are some original humor sequences.You may like the movie a whole lot or the movie may not touch you at all - depending on your frame of mind while you watch this.

I liked the main protagonist of the movie. The back ache that he carries through out movie somehow aches your back as well while you watch the movie!. He goes easy on various people - letting his employees practice music in his dying restaurant , letting his tenant stay off rent , letting his brother run the business etc.That is how the main protagonist has been built.

The movie is filled with short easy sequences - a nice watch.

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