The Palace Review

Set in Cyprus during the 1974 Turkish invasion, The Palace is an unflinchingly brutal short film focusing on a family hiding in an abandoned palace. It does exactly what a short film should do by encapsulating the feeling of a certain time and place. The sound of breathing, beating hearts and a baby’s muffled screams are all magnified to create a sense of extreme tension. With no time to waste, The Palace captures what many war films take hours to mildly grasp; think the wheelchair scene in The Pianist on repeat for fifteen minutes and you can just about fathom how intense the film really is. The sense of claustrophobia and realistic nature of The Palace are so unbearable yet utterly impossible to turn away from.

Director Anthony Maras explores the loss of innocence and death of innocents during a time of fierce conflict.

About The Author

Alice is a student who hopes to one day be a full-time journalist. Films have been a big part of her life; especially those from the horror genre. While attending her school's film club she won the national review of the week twice. She is currently studying Film at the University and Warwick. Her favourite directors include David Lynch, Wong Kar-wai and Stanley Kubrick.

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