Soul Kitchen
Soul Kitchen

Soul Kitchen

Director Fatih Akin

Production year 2009

Length 99min.

Country Germany/France/Italy


Nadine, the long-term girlfriend of a young restaurant-owner Zinos, leaves him . Zinos spends more time in the restaurant than with her, and she has just been offered a job in Shanghai. After she is gone, Zinos spirals into a crisis mode and decides to sell his restaurant. The Soul Kitchen has certainly seen better days – it’s not exactly buzzing, and Wilhelmsburg, the district where the restaurant is, is much too far away from the hip, bustling atmosphere of the heart of Hamburg. Zinos knows no better than to follow Nadine - so persists on selling the restaurant. And suddenly there are only three weeks left before its closure. In these three weeks, pure anarchy reigns in the Soul Kitchen: the chef cooks what he has always wanted to cook, a new DJ gets the guests dancing after their meals, artists exhibit their work – and the guests like it. Word of the cult Soul Kitchen spreads right around Hamburg. At the very last party, Zinos realises it was a mistake to sell the restaurant. When he finds out it is going to be torn down to make way for a shopping mall, he moves heaven and earth to get the Soul Kitchen back…


Special Jury Award, Arca Cinema Giovani | Venice IFF, Italy, 2009

Art Cinema Award | Hamburg FF, Germany, 2009


Fatih Akin
Fatih Akin



Fatih Akin, Klaus Maeck


Fatih Akin, Adam Bousdoukos

Director of Photography

Rainer Klausmann

Production designer

Tamo Kunz


Andreas Hildebrandt


Andrew Bird


Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Ünel, Anna Bederke, Pheline Roggan, Lukas Gregorowicz, Dorka Gryllus

Production company(ies)

CORAZÓN International GmbH & Co, Pyramide Productions (France)

Fatih Akin

Born 1973, Hamburg, Germany. A son of Turkish parent, he studied film at the University Of Fine Arts Of Hamburg, graduating in 2000. From 1993 to 2004 he worked with Wüste Filmproduktion, Hamburg. In 2003, founded Corazon International Film Production Company. 2005, was a visiting professor at the College of Fine Arts of University of Fine Arts of Hamburg.


Sensin – Du bist es!/Sensin…You’re the One! (1995); Getürkt/Weed (1996); Kurz und schmerzlos/Short Shqrp Shock (1998); Im Juli/In July (2000); Denk ich an Deutchland – Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren (2000); Selmo (2002); Gegen die Wand/Head-On (2004); Visions of Europe (segment Die alten bosen Lieder/The Evil Old Songs, 2004); Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005); Auf der anderen Seite/The Edge of Heaven (2007); New York, I Love You (segment, 2009); Deutchland 09: 13 kurtze Filme zur Lage der Nation/Germany 09: 13 Short Films about the State of the Nation (segment Der name Murat Kurnaz/Being Murat Kurnaz, 2008); Soul Kitchen (2009)

FILMS 2010