I always thought it’d be much easier to make an audience cry than to genuinly make them laugh. When it’s about love, relationships, people.. with a touch of soundtracks, a few teardrops, an emotional background.. then there you are. On the other hand, you can make a few jokes, make your audience laugh for a few minutes. But can you pull it off cleverly for 99 minutes?
Soul Kitchen is the story of Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos), a German-Greek wanna-be-chef, who turns a worthless warehouse into a restaurant in Hamburg. His girlfriend off to Shanghai, his tax bills waiting to be paid, a spine that’s killing him plus a troublesome brother (Moritz Bleibtreu) in jail that needs a part-time job… With the help of Birol Unel, another one of Akın’s regulars, the two brothers transform the locals-only restaurant into a hot spot for music, gourmet food and social scene. And the story unfolds when an old friend of Zinos comes up with a plan to destroy it.
Fatih Akın, the man behind Head On, The Edge of Heaven, In July, Crossing the Bridge: Sounds of Istanbul, welcomes 2010 with his latest movie: Soul Kitchen. Surprisingly, it’s a very straight forward movie – it’s not a drama and it’s not cold. Driven by amazing soundtracks ranging from soul to funk, from jazz to some Turkish and even Spanish tracks, it’s 99 minutes of color, composition, music, food, life and laughs. It looks good, it smells good, it tastes good. And surely, it sounds good too.