Touch of Spice, A (Politiki kouzina) (2003)

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Released 5-May-2005
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The most successful Greek film ever at the Greek Box Office and Greece's official entry for the Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars in February 2005, A Touch of Spice is a modern day fable which has resonated with audiences worldwide.

Recalling the cinematic eloquence of "Like Water for Chocolate", "Cinema Paradiso" and "My Life as a Dog", A Touch of Spice is a paean to lost innocence, the beguiling spell of the past and the shared joy of cooking and eating.

Spanning decades in the turbulent relationship between two neighbouring countries, this is the story of 7 year old Fanis, a Greek boy living with his family in Turkish ruled Constantinople (Istanbul).

Every day is filled with lessons in life and culinary wisdom from his philosophical grandfather. But tensions betwen the two countries mean little Fanis must flee his homeland, leaving his beloved grandfather behind.

35 years later, Fanis is a successful man, yet still tormented by the memories of this childhood separation. When he hears his grandfather has fallen ill, Fanis decides to make the pilgrimage back to a past he barely recognises.

It will be a bittersweet journey of discovery, where life turns full circle yet the tastes, aromas and sensations still remain as fresh as ever. Life, it seems, has not lost its spice.

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Georges Corraface
Ieroklis Michaelidis
Renia Louizidou
Stelios Mainas
Tamer Karadagli
Basak Köklükaya
Tassos Bandis
Markos Osse
Directed by
Tassos Boulmetis
Evanthia Reboutsika
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Dual
Drama 2003 104 576i (PAL) 4
Widescreen 2.35:1, 16x9 Enhanced
Greek Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s), Greek Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s), Greek dts 5.1 (768Kb/s)
Greek, English, English for the Hearing Impaired, Turkish
Main Menu Introduction, Menu Animation & Audio, Notes-Festivals And Awards, Theatrical Trailer, Featurette-Spice Diary, Featurette-Making Of, Featurette-Special Effects, Deleted Scenes-With Optional Director's Commentary, Biographies-Cast & Crew, Gallery-Photo, DVD Credits
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