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A touch of spice (Politiki kouzina) - George Corraface, Ieroklis Michailidis, Renia Louizidou, Tassos Boulmetis

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Movie propaganda

Pepper... is hot and scorches, just like the sun.

Food serves as a metaphor for life and love, as well as Greco-Turkish relations, in Greece's biggest-ever domestic box office hit.

Divided into three courses, Entrée, Main course and Dessert, this tasty repast moves between present-day Athens, and Istanbul of the late 1950s and early 60s. It's the story of Fanis Iakovidis (George Corraface), a young Greek boy growing up in the multi-cultural, cosmopolitan city that his family calls Constantinople. His beloved grandfather owns a spice shop and his mother is the best cook among her circle of friends. Grandfather, a self-styled culinary philosopher, finds many occasions to teach Fanis that both food and life require a little spice to give them flavour. Fanis' developing culinary skills eventually land him a job in a local brothel, but his family's happiness ends in 1965 when they, along with thousands of other Greek citizens, are deported from Turkey. Grandfather elects to remain behind, promising to join them one day. Their ultimate reunion is far different than either would have predicted…

Persons of interest

  • Georges Corraface .... Fanis Iakovidis
  • Ieroklis Michailidis .... Savas Iakovidis
  • Renia Louizidou .... Soultana Iakovidou
  • Stelios Mainas .... Uncle Aimilios
  • Tamer Karadagli .... Mustafa
  • Basak Köklükaya .... Saime
  • Tassos Bandis .... Grandpa Vassilis
  • Markos Osse .... Little Fanis
  • Tassos Boulmetis .... Screenwriter
  • Tassos Boulmetis .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • A touch of spice (Politiki kouzina) official movie site
  • A touch of spice (Politiki kouzina) QuickTime movie trailers
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Bangkok International Film Festival 2005: Windows on the World
    • Thessaloniki Film Festival 2003: Won: Audience Award Greek Festival (Tassos Boulmetis), Greek Competition Award Best Cinematography (Takis Zervoulakos), Best Director (Tassos Boulmetis), Best Editing (Yorgos Mavropsaridis), Best Fiction Film (Tassos Boulmetis), Best Music (Evanthia Reboutsika), Best Screenplay (Tassos Boulmetis), Best Set Design (Olga Leontiadou), Best Sound (Dimitris Athanassopoulos), Greek Union of Film and Television Technicians Award (Tassos Boulmetis)
  • NB: English, Greek and Turkish languages with English language subtitles
  • See also Monsieur Ibrahim (Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran)
  • Studios and distributors:

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Theatrical report


Security censorship classification

M (Nudity)

Surveillance time

108 minutes (1:48 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 30 September 2004
DVD rental: 5 May 2005
VHS rental: 5 May 2005

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