Bleibtreu goes to work in Akin's 'Kitchen'


German actor Moritz Bleibtreu will have a lead role in director Fatih Akin's film, "Soul Kitchen," which nabbed €800,000 ($1.26 million) from local subsidy body Filmforderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.

The comedy, which will be shot in Hamburg, centers on a restaurant owner (Adam Bousdoukos) whose life has entered a rough patch. Birol Unel (Akin's "Head-On") also has a role. Filming will begin in October with a budget of €4 million ($6.3 million), according to producer Klaus Maeck. Corazon International is producing the film. (partialdiff)