This morning, director Euzhan Palcy was on hand for a discussion at the exhibition entitled “La Rue Cases-Nègres de Joseph Zobel du Roman au Film” [Joseph Zobel’s La Rue Cases-Nègres: from Novel to Film], on view at the Maison de la Canne [Sugarcane House] museum at Pointe Vatable, Trois-îlets, Martinique. The exhibition will be on view through May 31, 2016.
Description (Translated from France-Antilles): Curated by Véronique Elisabeth, the exhibition “La Rue Cases-Nègres de Joseph Zobel du Roman au Film” at Maison de la Canne features posters, books, and utensils from the 1930’s and 1940’s, all related the exhibition [which draws on the autobiographical novel by Joseph Zobel, La Rue Cases-Nègres (1950), and the film version directed by Euzhan Palcy]. Everything on view is part of the fabric that has led to “an encounter between two artists.”
More than 30 years after the publication of La Rue Cases-Nègres, Euzhan Palcy embraced the novel, bringing it to the screen and communicating life in a small town of Martinique to the rest of the world. [The English translation of the novel, La Rue Cases-Nègres, is Black Shack Alley; the film title has been translated as Sugar Cane Alley.] The steps that led to this work of craftsmanship and recognition of the memory of rural Martinique is traced in a report by FR3 Martinique during shooting the film. It was presented at the opening of the exhibition. Curator Véronique Elisabeth, curator, states that, through the exhibition, “We want to show the encounter between two artists: Zobel and Palcy.”