A touch of spice

Tassos Boulmetis

Greece-Turkey, 2003


A touch of spice is the sotry of 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 him a favor. Fanis grows up to become an excellent cook and uses his cooking skills to spice up the lives of those around him. Thirty-five 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.

The Director

Tassos Boulmetis

He was born in Istanbul in 1957. He studied physics at the University of Athens, and filmmaking and film and TV production in UCLA. He has been working as an independent producer in Greek cinema and television. He co-produced, wrote and directed the feature film Dream Factory (1990), which won the Golden Award at the Houston Fantastic Film Festival. Since 1988 he has been directing TV spots, for local and international audiences, and has specialized in visual effects and the composition and processing of the digital image.


1977    Neilo (documentary)

1981    Travelogue in the Environs (documentary)

1983    Rubalyat (short)

1986    Landscapes (video art)

1990    Dream Factory

2003    A Touch of Spice

2016    Mythopathy


Director: Tassos Boulmetis

Writing Credits: Tassos Boulmetis

Sound: Dimitris Athanassopoulos

Music: Evanthia Reboutsika

Sets: Olga Leontiadou

Make up: Evi Zafiropoulou

Costumes: Bianca Nikolareizi

Special Effects: Yannis Georgariou – Philippos Marmoutas

Executive producer: Kostas Lambropoulos

Production: Village Roadshow Productions, EKK, Greek Film Center, Smallridge, Ivestments, Filmnet, Cinegram, P. Papazoglou, Tassos Boulmetis, ANS International (Turkey), MC2 (France)

Duration: 108′

Color: Color

George Corraface
Ieroklis Michailides
Renia Louizidou
Stellios Mainas
Tamer Karadagli
Basak Koklykaya
Tasos Bantis
Odisseas Papaspiliopoulos
Markos Osse
Theodoros Eksarhos
Kakia Panagiotou
Konstantina Michailidou
Themis Panou
Ersi Malikenzou
Marina Kalogirou
Michalis Giannatos
Ilias Zervos
Athinodoros Prousalis

2003 Thessaloniki Film Festival

– Winner Audience Award, Greek Festival Tassos Boulmetis
– Winner Greek Competition Award, Best Fiction Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay Tassos Boulmetis, Best Cinematography Takis Zervoulakos, Best Editing Yorgos Mavropsaridis, Best Set Design Olga Leontiadou, Best Music Evanthia Reboutsika, Best Dimitris Athanasopoulou
– Winner Greek Union of Film and Television Technicians Award


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