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Special screening of Inland Sea at the Palace Cinema in Broadstairs – The Isle Of Thanet News

Inner Sea screening at the Palace Cinema

The Palace Cinema in Broadstairs will host a special screening of Inland Sea, a documentary exploring a small coastal town and its people.

Inland Sea is presented by the programmers of the Palace Passport Indie Cinema Course. In addition to the screening, ticket holders will also benefit from a short introduction and a specially curated zine about the film.

The film, beautiful to watch and by turns ironic, warm, thought-provoking and at times a little heartbreaking, is set on the southern coast of Japan in the picturesque village of Ushimado. Safe from modernization, its ancient culture and close-knit community are in danger of disappearing, though its abundant population of stray cats thrives in a quiet place with plenty of fish.

The film takes viewers on a unique journey around an ordinary yet extraordinary place, from one encounter to the next, starting with nearly 90-year-old Mr. Murata, who still takes his boat daily to the inland sea that separates two of the main islands of Japan. , Honshu and Shikoku, in order to sell his catch at the local market.

Beautifully shot in crisp black and white, award-winning director Kazuhiro Soda’s (Campaign, Mental, Oyster Factory) observational documentary poetically depicts the twilight days of a village and how the bonds between its small community continue to endure. The title of the film is linked to the book The Inland Sea (Donald Ritchie, 1971), an earlier exploration of the same coastal region by the great American writer and specialist in Japanese cinema.


INLAND SEA: Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: £5 adults / £3.50 children / For Palace Passport holders, one film out of 4 is free

Palace Cinema, Harbor St, Broadstairs CT10 1ET, call 01843 865726 or visit

The Palace Cinema has also received an award from the Culture Recovery Fund’s latest £35million emergency support package.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport fund aims to help overcome the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding for cinemas is distributed by the British Film Institute.

Palace owners Corinna Downing and Simon Ward

Co-owner Simon Ward said: “We are delighted to have received another Culture Recovery Fund award from BFI’s Culture Recovery Fund through DCMS.

“The BFI’s informed and consistent support for our cinema throughout the two years of the pandemic has ensured our survival. With this award, we can look forward to a thriving future in bringing an increasingly diverse range of international cinema, special events and educational programs to our communities in Broadstairs, Thanet and wider Kent.