The Chef
Filmfest 2014

German Age Rating

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Maravan, 24, is a Tamil asylum seeker in Zurich working as a lowly member of the kitchen staff in a gourmet restaurant even though he is an outstanding chef in his own country, Sri Lanka, and well versed in the secrets of aphrodisiacal cuisine.
When Maravan is fired, a co-worker, Andrea, makes him a proposition: they become partners catering Maravan's culinary specialties. They start out by cooking for couples to whom they are introduced by a sex therapist. But the success of 'Love Food' soon gets out and around, and a very different, not to say much more lucrative, clientele shows its interest; men from the worlds of politics and finance, some of whom prove to be quite unappetizing. Hired to cook for an arms dealer, who is supplying both sides in the civil war in his homeland, Maravan seizes the opportunity to finally take fate in his own hands…

tags: Cultural Conflict, Literature, Human Rights, Sexuality, Feature film, Economy

Cast: Jessica Schwarz, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Hamza Jeetooa, Hanspeter Müller-Drossaart, Natalie Perera


Screenplay: Ruth Toma, Original von/ by: Martin Suter

Director of Photography: Thomas „Tommy“ Wildner

Film Editor: Kai Schröter

Composer: Ralf Hildenbeutel, Stevie B-Zet

Production Designer: Andrea Kessler, Monica Rottmeyer

Costume Design: Anna-Barbara Friedli

Sound: Andreas Wölki

Producer: Helge Sasse

Production Company: Senator Film Köln

Co-Producer: Sonja Ewers, Anne Walser, Peter Nadermann

Distributor: Senator Film Verleih GmbH

Director: Ralf Huettner