The historical conflicts between Greece and Turkey and the lives of those caught in between are explored in Tassos Boulmetis’ debut feature, the autobiographical drama Touch of Spice. A box-office smash in Greece, the film won the Audience Award at the 2003 Thessaloniki Film Festival, and had its U.S. premiere in competition at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.
What: A Touch of Spice (Politiki Kouzina)
When: Wednesday, July 6, 9pm
Where: Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, 86-90 Phaneromenis Street, 1515 Nicosia
“A Touch of Spice” is a story about Fanis, a young Greek boy growing up in Istanbul, whose grandfather, a culinary philosopher and mentor, teaches him that both food and life require a little salt to give them flavor. They both require A Touch of Spice. Fanis grows up to become an excellent cook and uses his cooking skills to spice up the lives of those around him. 35 years later he leaves Athens and travels back to his birthplace of Istanbul to reunite with his grandfather and his first love. He travels back only to realize that he forgot to put a little bit of spice in his own life.
Cast: Ieroklis Michaelidis (Savvas Iakovidis), Renia Louizidou (Soultana Iakovidou), Tamer Karadağlı (Mustafa), Stelios Mainas (Uncle Emilios)
Director and writer: Tassos Boulmetis
Runtime: 108 min
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Greek, English, Turkish
Production Year: 2003
As part of the Retro – Open Air Cinema 2016