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SFF 2011: The Palace (Short): A Short Sad War Song

12 Jun

By Lukey Folkard, Sydney Film Festival Correspondent

One of the most impressive and ambitious Australian shorts I’ve seen at the SFF so far. Or ever.

Based on true events in Cyprus during the conflicts of 1974, a Greek-Cypriot family finds shelter in an abandoned Ottoman palace while a Turkish army sergeant, played by Kevork Malikyan (Midnight Express), leads two very different young soldiers from house to house.

The Palace is a strong 16-minute piece that looks big budget. It was filmed near the UN green-line that still divides the ancient city of Lefkosia, most of the props, uniforms and locations are the real thing, supplied by locals. Award-winning director Anthony Maras (Azadi, Spike Up) has had to be sensitive while filming in Cyprus as, even after almost forty years, memories of the events are still fresh and he treats both sides with human respect.

Great performances throughout – if you’re seeing any shorts this year make sure not to miss this one.


The Palace is also showing at 2:15 on the 18th of June at Sydney Film Festival