SPOTLIGHT FILMS: Creating a kitchen's soul the story line in German-Greek film

By Contributor
April 18th, 2011

For children of the 60’s Soul Kitchen was one of the many anthems chosen as they challenged the values of the establishment from smoke-enhanced realities. One of many memorable songs on the Doors’ debut album released in January 1967, it is also the title of Spotlight Films next film Tuesday.   Soul Kitchen is a German comedy featuring the talents of director Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven). It is set in the run down warehouse district of Hamburg where restaurant owner Zinos Kazantsakis (Adam Bousdoukos, Head-On, TV movie Barracuda Dancing) hires Chef Shayn Weiss (Birol Unel, Head-On, Not A Love Story) to take the restaurant in a new direction, to the great annoyance of his clientele who are quite comfortable with the standard greasy fare.   One confrontation between the chef and a diner involves said diner insisting his gazpacho be heated. Weiss, a true culinary artist, is deeply offended. Surrounded by “culinary nazis” Shayn and Zinos stand their ground.   When Zinos’ girlfriend, Nadine Kruger (Pheline Roggan, many German films and TV movies) leaves for China, Zino decides to follow her leaving the establishment in the hands of his brother, Illias (Moritz Bleibtreu, Run Lola Run, The Elementary Particles), after his first choice, the waitress (Anna Bederke) turns him down. Illais is recently released from jail and is a man with a shady lifestyle and acquaintances of nefarious character.   The trip to China does not go well, emphasized with a good comic interlude or two, and upon his return Zinos discovers his brother has turned the restaurant into a club with questionable patrons.   The question: can Zinos and Shayn revive the beloved restaurant to its true calling?   This flick is done in German and Greek…….subtitles being the order of the day. Seems it is worth the work though since Soul Kitchen is rated highly with viewers from IMDB to Meta Critic and is the recipient of two awards: Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize, Director; Young Cinema Award, Best Film; and nominated for five awards, including Satellite Awards, Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language Film. Show time is 7:30 p.m. at the Gem Theatre in Grand Forks.  

Bon Appétit.