Due to the DIFF (Durban International Film Festival) which runs until Sunday 29/07, the first German Monday film show will only start on Monday 6 August 2012 with a turbulent comedy by acclaimed German-Turkish director Fatih Akin (Head-On, Edge of Heaven)

(2009, 96 min, dir. Fatih Akin, starring Moritz Bleibtreu, Biro Unel, Udo Kier, English subtitles)

TIME: 5.00 p.m.
VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing 1st floor, German Programme, Media Room F251

In Soul Kitchen the acclaimed Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin once again explores Germany’s multicultural society but this time with comedy and light drama rather than the more heavy approach Akin is better known for in films such as The Edge of Heaven and Head-On. The action is centred in a modest restaurant located in an old industrial area of Hamburg that is becoming increasingly fashionable. The restaurant is owned by Greek-German Zinos Kazantsakis who transforms it into the hip place to be. To do this he is helped by a volatile gourmet chef and his brother who is on special leave from his prison sentence. https://www.abc.net.au/atthemovies/txt/s2875039.htm

Director, Fatih Akin’s THE EDGE OF HEAVEN, a drama set in Germany and Turkey, was one of the best foreign language films released in this country over the last few years; in comparison his new film, SOUL KITCHEN, represents a less ambitious, more relaxed work.

It’s a cheerful comedy about sex and food and music all set in a melting-pot of humanity. Filled with eccentric characters, including tax and health inspectors who keep bugging the resourceful hero, the film’s minimal plot – mainly involving one of those evil developer types who want to transform the neighbourhood – is just an excuse for a lot of fun. SOUL KITCHEN is cheerful, wild, colourful and sometimes a little silly, but it’s thoroughly enjoyable.


For further information please contact:
Dr Marion Pape
Head, German Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
Durban, 4041
Email: papem@ukzn.ac.za
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242

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