Soul Kitchen

Director Fatih Akin moves sideways with his latest film, an uproarious Hamburg-set comedy about a German-Greek restaurant owner named Zinos who employs his incarcerated brother (who’s allowed out during the day) to help him revive the once-thriving business while his journalist girlfriend explores Shanghai for work. Animated as much by its lead performances as by a soul- and funk-filled soundtrack (thence the title, and restaurant’s name) accented with some snazzy cinematography from Ranier Klausman (Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex), the film is a welcome step outside Akin’s comfort zone of heavily dramatic material (Head-On; Im Juli; The Edge of Heaven).

Soul Kitchen is out through Madman.