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SUGAR CANE ALLEY

FEATURE FILM

1983

SYNOPSIS
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1930: on a sugar cane plantation in Martinique lives José, a bright mischievous 11-year-old and his grandmother, a tough, wise woman determined to save him from the hard life she has known. When Jose wins a scholarship, she is ready to sacrifice everything for his chance at

an education and an escape from the fields.

 

 

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CREDITS

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Directed by: Euzhan Palcy

Written by: Euzhan Palcy

Based on: Sugar Cane Alley by Joseph Zobel

Music by: Groupe Malavoi

Cinematography by: Dominique Chapuis

Edited by: Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

Art Direction by: At Hoang

Produced by: Michel Loulergue, Alix Régis

Claude Nedjar, Jean Luc Ormières

Running time: 103 minutes

Country: France (Martinique)

Language: French with English subtitles

Film on 35 mm Fujicolor

CAST

 

Garry Cadenat  —  José

Darling Légitimus    M'Man Tine

Douta Seck    Old Medouze

Joby Bernabé  —  Monsieur Saint-Louis

Francisco Charles  —  Boss

Marie-Jo Descas  —  Leopold’s mother

Marie-Ange Farot  —  Madame Saint Louis

Henri Melon The teacher  —  M. Roc

Eugène Mona  —  Twelve Toes

Joël Palcy  —  Carmen

Laurent Saint-Cyr  —  Leopold

TRAILER

 

SUGAR CANE ALLEY

 

AWARDS & HONORS

 

 

2011  —  Cannes Classics official selection

1985  —  Fespaco Audience Award (Panafrican Film Festival of Ouagadougou) 

                 The first film awarded

1985  —  Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Award

1984  —  Houston International WordFest: Special Jury Award

1984  —  Cesar (French Oscar) for Best First Film*

1983  —  Venice Film Festival Silver Lion*

1983  —  Volpi Cup for Best Actress**

1983  —  Unicef Prize

1983  —  OCIC Award (International Catholic Organization for Cinema & Audiovisual)

 

   * A first for a black director

 ** A first for a black actress and for a film directed by a black director

CEREMONY OF THE CÉSARS AWARDS

(FRENCH ACADEMY AWARDS)

 

César award for the Best First Film . 1984

 

The 9th ceremony of the César Award — also known as the Night of César — rewarding the films released in 1983 , was held on March 3, 1984 at the Empire Theatre in Paris. It was chaired by Gene Kelly and broadcasted on Antenne 2 and presented by Léon Zitrone.
 

On that day, Euzhan Palcy made history and became the first black director winner of a Cesar & the first African descent director  to win an award from his or her National Academy of Cinema.

 

The César Award is the highest film distinction in France.
It is the French equivalent to the Oscar.

Actress Macha Meril  —

 

 

Euzhan Palcy  —

The winner is Euzhan Palcy for "Rue Cases Nègres !".

She shines as much as the Cesar !
 

I'll try to say a few words... I want to thank on behalf of all my family and compatriotes, everyone who believed in me and made that film possible to exist. Special thanks to my actors, my crew, my producers, my country Martinique for her multi-faceted contributions and to

Mr. Joseph Zobel, author of the novel "La Rue Cases Nègres", 

for trusting me.