Euzhan Palcy


July 5, 2022

Euzhan Palcy (born February 13, 1958 in Martinique, France) is a French film director and screenwriter.


In 1975, Euzhan Palcy received her Masters in French Literature from the Sorbonne. She then studied art, architecture and film, specializing in camera, at the École Louis-Lumière. With the help of the French director François Truffaut she was able to publish her staged historical drama The Road of the Negro Huts in 1983. For the film, which was produced for less than 1 million US dollars, she received the 1984 French film award César for the best first work. With White Days of Drought, Palcy became the first black woman to direct a Hollywood film. Marlon Brando received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in this film. In June 2022, Palcy received an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) for her services as a filmmaker. The award will be presented to her on November 19, 2022 in Los Angeles.


1983: Rue cases nègres 1989: A Dry White Season 1993: How are the kids? – Human rights and children (Comment vont les enfants) 1998: Ruby Bridges - A girl fights for her rights (Ruby Bridges) 2001: The Killing Yard

Awards (selection)

César 1984: Best debut work for The Road of the Negro Shacks 2022: Honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement

Web Links

Euzhan Palcy at the Internet Movie Database Official website

Individual proofs