It's 1964 in Constantinople (Istanbul), relations between Greece and Turkey are on shaky ground, and 7 year old Fanis (George Corraface) and his family have been given the startling news that they are being deported to Greece. Initially Fanis has trouble adapting to his new surrounds in Greece. He constantly reminisces about life in Constantinople where he grew up part of the Greek minority of the city.
Fanis recalls his happy upbringing in Turkey, and the fond memories of growing up around his grandfather Vasilis who who owned a general store that specialized in spices. It was through these spices and the wisdom and mentoring of his grandfather, that Fanis was taught about the solar system, among other things. And it's here that Fanis developed a connection with his childhood sweetheart, a Turkish girl called Saime.
Three decades later, and Fanis who by now is an accomplished astrology professor, finally travels back to Constantinople to visit his home town. While much has changed, his childhood neighborhood is still there as is his grandfather's spice shop, albeit disused. Fanis is also reunited with his childhood sweetheart Saime.
A Touch of Spice (Politiki Kouzina) is a movie that revolves around cooking and food, and in particular spices. But it's more than that. The film touches on the unfortunate effects the uprooting of a young child can have. It is a film that brings up the issue of nostalgia for one's home and that while time can bring about change, a longing for one's home always remains.
Directed by Tassos Boulmetis, A Touch Spice won several awards at the 2003 Greek State Film Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Music, Cinematography, Editing, Set Design and also Best Sound.