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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2009: #100. Soul Kitchen

I’m very curious to see how Akin, a filmmaker known for working with darker themes, deals with lighter fair but with the same admiration for how cultures, and the sexes clash.

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Soul Kitchen Fatih Akin

Exclusive still: SOUL KITCHEN: Adam Bousdoukos (‘Short Sharp Shock’) as Zinos Kazantsakis and Birol Ünel (‘Head-On’) as Shayn. Copyright: corazón international / Gordon Timpen.

#100. Soul Kitchen

Director/Writer: Fatih Akin
Producers: Longtime Akin-producer – Klaus Maeck
Distributor: Rights Available. The Match Factory

The Gist: This is a love story, which tells the story of beleaguered Greek bar owner Zinos’ who has a relationship with a basketball player from Serbia, and attempts to keep his restaurant in business.

Fact: Akin is actually in post production with Garbage in the Garden of Eden (a doc about Villagers in Turkey’s Black Sea village who see the government turn their community into a garbage dump) and he is one of the many directors on the New York, I Love You project with a segment called “Chinatown”.

Why is it on the list?: I’m very curious to see how Akin, a filmmaker known for working with darker themes, deals with lighter fair but with the same admiration for how cultures, and the sexes clash. Plus: Akin brings back some familiar faces in Birol Ünel (Head-On) and Moritz Bleibtreu.

Release Date/Status?: Currently filming in Germany, Akin’s standing at Cannes is good for life. Expect the film to be ready for a Cannes world preem. 

   
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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