Soul Kitchen

Here is a film to lift the wintry gloom, a "boisterous comedy" directed by Fatih Akin, director of the stunning Head On (which some of us saw last year) and The Edge of Heaven.

Zinos is the owner of Soul Kitchen, a bistro that has become one of Hamburg’s most successful restaurants. But this happiness doesn’t last long; his girlfriend finds herself a new lover and breaks up with him, while his brother Illias, who has just been promoted to manager of Soul Kitchen, gambles the restaurant away. All seems lost until Zinos discovers new love and a chance to win back Soul Kitchen.

Soul Kitchen, made in 2009, is showing as part of the German New Wave festival. It stars Birol Ünel from Head On, Adam Bousdoukos and Moritz Bleibtreu. It is in German and Greek with English subtitles.

Tickets are just £6 and can be booked online here:

The film screens at 6.15 pm upstairs at the Ciné Lumière at the Institut Français. Because of the early timing we will not meet before - go straight into the cinema. We will meet afterwards in the ground floor café, Le Bistrot, for a drink and a chat.

I will send my mobile to those who RSVP.


Please note: London European Club has a "no show" policy which applies to every event including this one. This is because all organisers are busy individuals who volunteer their time and don't want to waste it on people who don't show up at events. Do not become a "former member": please RSVP accurately.


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  • Tiziana

    I love the Institute Francais - comfortable cinema, great cafè, pleasant atmosphere for the 'before and after' conversations.
    Good movie, covering a number of issues with a light, upbeat touch - as if seen through the eyes of the main character. It conveyed perfectly the emotional aspects of each situation, the reality of life for a group of people (immigrants, artists, petty criminals) whose survival is based on empathy, generosity, selflessness. The non-minority characters don't come out in the same light (see the 'friend', the heartless tax officer, the career-focussed girlfriend).

    1 · January 25, 2013

    • Daniela Di G.

      Fatih Akin is the master painter of the forgotten underworld

      January 25, 2013

    • Patrick

      shrewd analysis there Tiziana!

      January 25, 2013

  • Milena

    An enjoyable movie and a fun evening!

    January 24, 2013

  • rouf

    fun film and enjoyable eve

    January 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thoroughly enjoyable!

    January 22, 2013

  • Salim

    Fairly entertaining and colourful. I felt that the depiction of the relationship with the girl in China was a bit redundant but overall good movie indeed.

    January 22, 2013

  • Hassan

    Loved the film

    January 22, 2013

  • Lys S.

    Hi, guys,

    Looks like I'm working outside London from 3pm, therefore as much I would like to come, it won't be possible.
    However, as I'll be nearby I would like to join you for the after chat. Would that be ok? Thanks. Enjoy the film!
    Lily x

    January 21, 2013

    • Liam

      Hi Lily, that's a shame you'll miss the film, but you are welcome to join us after.

      January 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Liam, Can you pls fwd your mobile number.

    January 22, 2013

  • Katalin

    Seems I won`t be able to attend. If somebody needs a ticket as I`ve purchased mine in advance, message me.
    enjoy the movie.

    January 22, 2013

    • mirela s.

      Morning, I haven't got a ticket so can I pls have yours?

      January 22, 2013

  • Tiziana

    Finally phone them and got my ticket directly from them, as the website hadn't taken any of my payments. If anybody else has experienced the same problem, make sure you phone them and check.
    See you all on Tuesday! : )

    January 17, 2013

    • Liam

      Hi all, I spoke to the Cine Lumiere and they said they have plenty of tickets left for Tuesday. To be sure you can book your ticket over the phone but there should be no problem booking on the door too.

      January 19, 2013

  • Marion

    Excellent choice, Liam. I've got the DVD, but haven't shown it at the LEC movie night as it hasn't got English subtitles. It's not a typical Fatih Akin movie, Penny. Watch out for Moritz Bleibtreu's mother (the grandmother in the movie) in one of her last roles.

    January 6, 2013

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