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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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  (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 .... 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
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The actress who played Nadine's grandmother (Monica Bleibtreu) in real life was the mother of the actor (Moritz Bleibtreu) who played the role of the brother of the main character in this movie. Monica Bleibtreu died in May 2009 and is remembered in the closing credits.See more »
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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
'Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.', 4 September 2010
Author: gradyharp from United States

Faith Akin is best known for his dark, serious films ('Head On', 'The Edge of Heaven', 'Short Sharp Shock', 'Crossing the Bridge: The Sounds of Istanbul', etc) so it is somewhat surprising to find he has such a deft touch for comedy. SOUL KITCHEN languished for a while before Akin decided that 'life is not only about pain and introspection', and so he turned his rather formidable talents to creating this new film - a comedy about food, family and gentrification. He co-wrote the script with star Adam Bousdoukos in a manner that mirrors his other works: people from other countries (Akin is Turkish raised in Germany, Bousdoukos is Greek raised in Germany) can assimilate without losing the unique treasured aspects of their ethnicity.

The setting is Hamburg where Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos) owns a grungy but popular with the locals restaurant, Soul Kitchen, serving quickly prepared frozen foods to a gastronomically unsophisticated clientele. Zinos is also a romantic, struggling with his conflict to join his journalist girlfriend Nadine (Pheline Roggan) who wants Zinos to accompany her to her latest living assignment in Shanghai, but being afraid to leave his beloved restaurant. Zinos decides to stay in Hamburg -opening the door for other factors to enter Zinos' life: he encounters a fired chef Shayn (Birol Ünel) whose cranky disposition can't hide the fact that he is a brilliant chef in need of work (Zinos hires him!), an old friend Thomas Neumann (Wotan Wilke Möhring) who has become a real estate entrepreneur want to buy Zinos' old building, Zinos' ne're-do-well brother Illias (Moritz Bleibtreu) is in prison but can get leaves if Zinos with be his patron for a work-release program, a new crowd of jazz music lovers and partygoers flood the premises, etc. All of these ingredients, including the staff of the restaurant Lucia (Anna Bederke), funky old Sokrates (Demir Gökgöl), and Lutz (Lukas Gregorowicz), blend together to produce harrowing but hilarious results. In the end the transformations of Soul Kitchen emphasize the importance of family and living a dream, and the despite the many pratfalls Zinos encounters, the changes all come out in the wash for the better.

This cast manages to exude a love for life that makes the move soar above others, despite the usual at times crude jokes and situations. It just bubbles, and a fine part of that effervescence is from the music score.

Grady Harp

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