The film finally launched this week and Yiayia has become a celebrity over night. It's the source plenty of chat amongst the villagers of Perivoli, Corfu and a number of Greek news sites are pursuing her for interviews. "What would Pappou think?" she asked me yesterday. It's quite something to become a local celeb at the age of 80.
So much of her day is focused on food, from setting off for her hour-long walk to go and tend to her vegetables, to spending hours peeling and chopping bulky bulbs of garlic to add to jars of olive oil in case she happens to suddenly run out of garlic (she never does).
Cooking is a way of life for my grandmother. Her entire day revolves around the food she's going to put on the table for her family. This is what Iska and I wanted to capture in this film. That and her punchy persona.
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