EUZHAN PALCY, WOMAN'S AMBASSADOR OF THE WORLD CINEMA CELEBRATES THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'SIMEON' WHICH IS RELEASED IN ITS RESTORED VERSION ON SATURDAY 15TH APRIL.
Euzhan Palcy, women's ambassador of the world cinema celebrates the 25th anniversary of SIMEON
March 2016 Hstoric Month for Women. The Wrap inscribed Euzhan Palcy in the "list of 17 women who have made a revolution in Hollywood" alongside legends like Marlene Dietrich and Katharina Hepburn.
The Telegraph 8 March 2017
Euzhan PALCY is one of the 34 women who have changed the history of cinema.
A director and an exceptional woman will be the president of the Jury at the BIFFF in Brussels where there will be a celebration of the 25th anniversary of SIMEON, which is being released for the first time in DVD / Blu Ray.
From her native Martinique to Hollywood Euzhan PALCY is the record-breaker of filmmakers. A committed woman, she has shaken up the codes and has opened the doors to the United States. A journey and a hectic life full of fights and exciting encounters.
Born in Martinique, Euzhan Palcy is a film director, writer and producer.
In 1983 she directed SUGAR CANE ALLEY (Rue Cases Nègres) according to the novel of Joseph Zobel putting the French West Indies on cinema’s world stages.
This critically acclaimed movie wins more than 17 international prizes including the Silver Lion and the Award for Best Actress at the 40th Venice Film Festival.
Euzhan Palcy won, in 1984, the César for Best First Feature and became the first black person (male or female) to be granted this prestigious award.
She successfully brought back Marlon Brando to cinema screens with the anti-apartheid film, A DRY WHITE SEASON (Une Saison Blanche et Sèche) (1989). She travelled to South Africa defying the special section of the apartheid regime with the help of Dr. Nthato Motlana, Nelson Mandela’s personal physician and friend, who smuggled her into Soweto undercover. She received the Orson Welles award for this film in Los Angeles in 1989.
She was the first black female director produced by a Hollywood Studio (MGM).
SIMEON marks the filmmaker's return to her roots in 1992.
SIMEON won the Silver Raven (Corbeau d'Argent) at the International Festival of Fantastic Film in Brussels (...) where it was in competition with the latest films of the masters in cinema : Sam Raimi (Evil Dead 3, Spiderman) and Joe Dante (Gremlins, Matinee). SIMEON became the example of the French digital special effects industry.
In 1994, she honored her spiritual father with the documentary trilogy AIMÉ CÉSAIRE, A VOICE FOR HISTORY (1994, reissued in 2006 as AIME CESAIRE: A VOICE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY) (an excerpt of her reference audiovisual work on the great man will be screened in 2011 at the opening of the French National Tribute to Aime Césaire at the Pantheon
In 1998, she directed and co-produced RUBY BRIDGES that President Clinton introduced at the White House.
After follows THE KILLING YARD, THE DISSIDENTS' JOURNEY and THE BRIDES OF BOURBON ISLAND.
In 2007, the BBC placed Euzhan Palcy on the podium of the greatest black filmmakers of all time.
In 2011, the Cannes Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art in New York honored her.
For Mandela Day 2015, she received in South Africa, the Sabela (Oscar) of International Recognition.
In March 2017 The Telegraph ranks her among the 34 women who have changed the Cinema.
On the occasion of the 25 years of the release of the film. The BIFFF will present the film in its restored version on Saturday 15 April.
In a small village in the West Indies, Siméon, a music teacher and Isidore, his star disciple, a mechanic by necessity and guitarist by passion, shared the same ambition, an impossible dream — to put their island on the world’s music map with Zouk music. Orélie, Isidore’s ten year old daughter helps him in his endeavours, by bringing Simeon, back to life, after he fell from his tree, trying to get too close to the full moon.
With : Jean-Claude Duverger, Jacob Desvarieux, Jocelyne Béroard, Pascal Légitimus, Lucinda Messager, Jean-Michel Martial. Length: 115 mins
SIMEON was in the Official Selection "Cannes Classics” of Cannes Filmfestival, winner of the Silver Raven Corbeau d’Argent at the BIFFF of Brussels