General · 29th March 2011
Friday, April 1, 7:45 at the Quadra Community Centre. In German with English subtitles, rated 14A.
Until now, Turkish-German director Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven) has been known for hard-hitting explorations of the new, multicultural Europe. Well, Akin’s mood must have changed because Soul Kitchen is a loose-limbed house party of a comedy.
An audience favourite at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival, Soul Kitchen follows Zinos Kazantzakis (Adam Bousdoukos) the proprietor of Soul Kitchen, a vast warehouse diner restaurant in a scruffy neighbourhood of Hamburg where the food might be spectacularly bad, but is edible. Regulars show up every day to chow down on bland lumps of carbs washed down by cheap beer.
Boasting an eclectic soundtrack and filled with boisterous good spirits, Soul Kitchen is a madcap, Marx Brothers-style comedy that audiences will savour.
“Part foodie extravaganza, part sit-com, part feel good dramedy (and even a bit of toe tapping due to it’s Motown soundtrack) Soul Kitchen hits the spot in a five-star kind of way.”- Kurt Halfyard, twitchfilm.net