Rue Cases-Nègres (Sugar Cane Alley) directed by Euzhan Palcy (1983) will be screened in a restored version in the Cannes Classics. The screening will be preceded by a short film produced by the same director in 2011: Moly directed by Moly Kane.
Adapted from the novel by Joseph Zobel, Rue Cases-Nègres (Sugar Cane Alley) is set in Martinique in 1930, and tells the story of a grandmother's battle for her orphaned, 11 year old grandson to receive a good education and become a public official.
The Martinique-born director, Euzhan Palcy, was just 25 years old when she produced this film which went on to receive the César Award for Best First Feature Film in France and more than 17 international prizes, including the Silver Lion and the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival.
Rue Cases-Nègres (Sugar Cane Alley) also launched Euzhan Palcy's international career, making her the first black female director of a Hollywood film.
The film was restored from the negative by Eclair Laboratories.
Before the screening of her film, Euzhan Palcy will world-exclusively present her most recent short film: Moly directed by Moly Kane (Senegal), which highlights the struggle of a brilliant, yet handicapped young man, to be accepted by society and to live his life with dignity.