Friday, July 31, 2009
Turkish-German helmer Fatih Akin’s “Soul Kitchen,” which had been put on the back burner while “The Edge of Heaven” was pushed into production, is cooking once more.
The Hamburg-set romantic comedy, which was first unveiled in 2004, has been handed E3.2 million ($5.1 million) in production support by German funding org FFA in May 2008 session and will debut as part of the International competition of feature films, presented as world premieres at the 66. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica in Venice (2-12 settembre 2009) which is under the direction of Marco Müller for the fifth consecutive year.
The Jury of Venezia 66 will be chaired by Ang Lee and composed of: Sandrine Bonnaire,Liliana Cavani, Joe Dante, Anurag Kashyap and Luciano Ligabue.
Fatih Akin Reunites With HEAD ON’s Birol Ünel For Soul Kitchen, which is a comedy that also stars Moritz Bleibtreu and Alexandra Maria Lara. The Hamburg-set romantic comedy tells the story of Greek bar owner Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos) who has a relationship with a basketball player from Serbia, while attempting to keep his restaurant in business as Akin returns to his favorite themes of culture and gender clash. It has been described as a love song to Hamburg and Akin's home town Film fest (Sept. 24-Oct. 3) is also set to run "Soul Kitchen".
Distributor Pandora will bow the film in Germany on Christmas Day. The Match Factory is selling "Soul Kitchen" worldwide.