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Soul Kitchen (Not Rated)

German with English subtitles

Celebrated filmmaker Fatih Akin, known for acclaimed dramas like Head-On and The Edge of Heaven, serves up a delightfully fresh comedy with his latest award-winning film. Soul Kitchen is a delicious, free-spirited story of food, friends and rock & roll, winner of the Special Jury Prize and the Young Cinema Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, and a smash with audiences at the Toronto and Tribeca film festivals. The film centers on a likable but hopelessly disorganized restaurateur, Zinos (co-screenwriter Adam Bousdoukos), whose cafe is second home to a motley crew of lovable eccentrics. When his girlfriend Nadine (Pheline Roggan) 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, The Baader Meinhof Complex, Run Lola Run). Both decisions turn out disastrous: 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.