Euzhan Palcy

Director, Screenwriter, Singer
Euzhan Palcy began her career as a TV writer and director in Martinique before moving to Paris in the mid-1970s. Her first feature, "Sugar Cane Alley", was shot in 1983 on a budget of only $800,000. The film is a ... Read more »
Born: 01/12/1958 in Martinique

Filmography

Director (6)

Aime Cesaire: A Voice For History 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Simeon 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

A Dry White Season 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Sugar Cane Alley 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Ruby Bridges (TV Show)

Director

The Killing Yard (TV Show)

Director
Writer (6)

Aime Cesaire: A Voice For History 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Simeon 1992 (Movie)

from original story (From Story)

Simeon 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Dry White Season 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dionysos 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sugar Cane Alley 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

Aime Cesaire: A Voice For History 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Euzhan Palcy began her career as a TV writer and director in Martinique before moving to Paris in the mid-1970s. Her first feature, "Sugar Cane Alley", was shot in 1983 on a budget of only $800,000. The film is a remarkably polished account of Martiniquan sugar-cane workers whose condition still approaches that of slavery; it recounts the efforts of a young orphan to escape her background via a classical education that--ironically--is also part of the legacy of colonialism. The film marked an auspicious debut for Palcy, winning a Cesar (the French Oscar) for best first film as well as a Silver Lion at Venice. Her next feature, "A Dry White Season" (1989), was adapted from Andre Brink's novel about the persecution of a black family by the South African police. Despite a cast which included Donald Sutherland, Susan Sarandon and--in a highly effective cameo--Marlon Brando, the result was a somewhat wooden, formulaic indictment of the horrors of apartheid.

EDUCATION

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris

Ecole de Vaugirard

Paris

Milestones

1983

Feature directing debut with "Sugar Cane Alley" (partially funded by grant from French government)

1975

Moved to Paris

Worked as film editor, screenwriter and director of shorts in Paris

Wrote and directed drama for Caribbean TV, "The Messenger," at age 20

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