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Sugar Cane Alley (1983)

  • Drama
  • 1h 47m
  • France

Price: $12.99 + taxes and fees

New restoration!

Discover a new restoration of Share Her Journey Ambassador Euzhan Palcy’s groundbreaking 1983 debut, which brought Hollywood knocking at her door.

Share Her Journey Ambassador Euzhan Palcy made an auspicious debut at 25 years old with this tender portrait of boyhood set in rural 1930s Martinique, which benefited from the support and mentorship of French New Wave fondateur François Truffaut. Adapted from Joseph Zobel’s semi-autobiographical novel, Sugar Cane Alley centres on José (Garry Cadenat), an 11-year-old boy living on a cane sugar plantation under the care of his ailing but fierce-spirited grandmother M’Man Tine (Darling Légitimus) — who yearns to spare him from the same hardships that she has been forced to endure. A vibrant and affecting view of Black life in a post-slavery colonial society, imbued with commentaries on social stratification, pan-Africanism, and masculinity, Sugar Cane Alley is deceptively slight in narrative but emotionally walloping in impact. Winner of the Best First Film at the Césars and multiple awards at the Venice Film Festival (including the Silver Lion), the film announced Palcy as a force to be reckoned with, and brought Hollywood knocking at her door soon thereafter.



Euzhan Palcy



Bonus Content

2 mins

Interview: Euzhan Palcy on SUGAR CANE ALLEY

Palcy visited TIFF to discuss her debut, SUGAR CANE ALLEY, a tender portrait of boyhood set in rural 1930s Martinique.

36 mins

Festival Q&A: Euzhan Palcy on A DRY WHITE SEASON

Thirty years after the world premiere of A DRY WHITE SEASON (TIFF ‘89), Palcy returned to the Toronto International Film Festival for a fulsome Q&A about her life and work.