A Touch of Spice (2009)

Touch of Spice
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 48mins.
Genres Drama, Romance
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Georges Corraface Actor n/a 1 1000001
Ierkolis Michailides Actor n/a 1 1000002
Renia Louizidou Actor n/a 1 1000003
Stelios Mainas Actor n/a 1 1000004
Basak Koklukaya Actor n/a 1 1000005
Tassos Bandis Actor n/a 1 1000006
Tamer Karadagli Actor n/a 1 1000007
Tassos Boulmetis Director n/a 2 2000001
Harry Antonopoulos Producer n/a 3 3000001
Lily Papadopoulos Producer n/a 3 3000002
Artemi Skouloudi Producer n/a 3 3000003
Yannis Yakunidis Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Harry Antonopoulos Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Takis Zervoulakos Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Yorgos Mavropsaridis Editor n/a 172 7000001
Evanthia Reboutsika Music n/a 120781 8000001
Olga Leontiadou Set Decorator n/a 165 9000001
Bianca Nikolareizi Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Synopsis
The saga of a 40-year-old astrophysics professor who goes back to Turkey, where his grandfather raised him, evoking memories of his first love. In 1959 in Istanbul, Fanis Iakovidis is a young boy growing up in the multi-cultural city, where Greeks and Turks live side by side. Fanis' granddad, spice shop owner Vasilis, tells him that "life, like food, requires salt, too" and impregnates him with a broad, non-denominational outlook tinged with the mystical. Ignorant of growing political tensions, Fanis is heartbroken when the family is split up. As a Greek citizen, Fanis' father has his property confiscated and moves with his wife and Fanis to Athens; old Vasilis stays in his beloved Istanbul. Back in Greece, the family suffers the initial irony of being treated as de facto "Turks." Flash forward to Athens in 1964, and Fanis is showing real talent as a cook, much to the comic dismay of his parents and teachers who fear he may be turning into a homosexual. Fanis still misses his grandfather, and even his father notes that "Greece was much more beautiful in our minds than what we found here." The last segment is set in the present day, as the mature Fanis, a respected astrophysics prof, finally returns to Istanbul, where his granddad is mortally ill.