Written by: FFT Webmaster | April 28th, 2011
The Museum of Modern Art in New York has announced that it will host the first comprehensive U.S. retrospective of the works of filmmaker Euzhan Palcy, presenting nine feature films, including four New York premieres, from May 18 to 30. Over the last 25 years, Palcy has produced and directed over 15 narrative and documentary films, featuring performances by such esteemed actors as Marlon Brando, Susan Sarandon, Donald Sutherland and Alan Alda, and has uniquely explored themes of race, gender, and politics from a decidedly feminist perspective. Born in Martinique in 1958, Palcy left for Paris in 1975 to study at the Sorbonne. With the encouragement of her mentor François Truffaut, she made her feature debut with the film RUE CASES-NEGRES (Sugar Cane Alley) in 1983, which won a Silver Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival and other festival honors. In 1989, Palcy became the first black woman director to have her work produced by a major Hollywood studio (with MGM’s A DRY WHITE SEASON). In addition to being honored with MoMA‘s retrospective, Palcy will also be recognized at next month’s Cannes Film Festival with a special tribute.