Celebrated filmmaker Fatih Akin (known for powerful dramas like Head-On and The Edge of Heaven) serves up the perfect film for the Thanksgiving season in this award-winning, crowd-pleasing and delightfully fresh comedy. A delicious, free-spirited story of food, friends, and rock & roll, Soul Kitchen won the Special Jury Prize and the Young Cinema Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival and made a smash with audiences at the Toronto and Tribeca film festivals.
The story centers on a likable but hopelessly disorganized restaurateur named Zinos, whose café is second home to a motley crew of lovable eccentrics. When his girlfriend, Nadine, up and moves to Shanghai, a love-sick Zinos decides to fly after her, leaving his restaurant in the hands of his unreliable ex-con brother Illias (Moritz Bleibtreu from Run Lola Run and Munich). Both decisions turn out disastrously: Illias gambles away the restaurant to a shady real estate agent, and Zinos finds Nadine with a new lover. If the brothers can stop arguing and get it together, the Soul Kitchen might still have one last chance at staying in business. The mayhem that follows is a hilariously entertaining story of self-realization, set to an irresistibly soulful soundtrack. (99 mins., 35mm)