A decisive contribution to the French Cinema. The investment in new directors and an ongoing relationship with established filmmakers.
Through ALFAMA FILMS Production, founded in 2006, Paulo Branco extends his commitment in independent film production (270 films produced so far), with famous directors such as David Cronenberg, Jerzy Skolimowski, Wim Wenders, Andrzej Zulawski, Benoit Jacquot, Christophe Honoré, Paul Auster or Mathieu Amalric, as well as emerging talents.
In 2017, STALIN’S COUCH, Fanny Ardant’s third feature film is released, starring Gérard Depardieu, Emmanuelle Seigner and Paul Hamy. In 2006, THE BEAUTIFUL DAYS OF ARANJUEZ by Wim Wenders and NEVER EVER by Benoit Jacquot were both selected at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, THE YOUNG ONE by Julien Samani was selected at the Locarno Film Festival and FULL MOON, a first film by Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, was presented in the official selection at Cannes Film Festival 2016 (Special Screening). And among the impressive catalogue : COSMOS by Andrzej Zulawski was awarded at Locarno FF 2015, THE BLUE ROOM by Mathieu Amalric, selected at Cannes Festival 2014 (Un Certain Regard), MY SOUL HEALED BY YOU by François Dupeyron - in compétition at San Sebastián Festival in 2013, LINES OF WELLIGNTON by Valeria Sarmiento at Venise Mostra 2012, COSMOPOLIS by David Cronenberg, in compétition at Cannes Festival 2012, MYSTERIES OF LISBON by Raúl Ruiz, worldwide acclaimed – awarded by Prix Louis Delluc 2010 and Best Director Price at San Sébastian, ASHES AND BLOOD by Fanny Ardant, presented in the official selection at Cannes 2009 (Out of Competition). TONIGHT by Werner Schroeter was selected in Venise Festival 2008. FOUR NIGHTS WITH ANNA by Jerzy Skolimowski did the opening of Cannes Directors Fortnight 2008. LOVE SONGS by Christophe Honoré was selected in official competition at Cannes Festival 2007.
ALFAMA FILMS also provides distribution, international sales and video edition services, mostly for the films produced by ALFAMA FILMS.
The producer - Paulo Branco
Paulo Branco was born in Lisbon in 1950. He starts his career as a producer in 1979 between Paris and Lisbon. Nowadays, he embodies one of the most important figures of independent production in the world. Key player of auteur cinema, he is recognized for having given their first chances to numerous aspiring filmmakers who turned into immense cinematographers, offering them the opportunity to make their screen debut.
So far, he has produced over 300 films and has worked with the most renowned film directors in the world such as David Cronenberg, Jerzy Skolimowski, Wim Wenders, Chantal Akerman, Alain Tanner, Werner Schroeter, André Téchiné, Andrzej Zulawski, Christophe Honoré, Olivier Assayas, Sharunas Bartas, Cédric Kahn, Lucas Belvaux, Valéria Bruni- Tedeschi, João César Monteiro, Paul Auster, Philippe Garrel, Mathieu Amalric, Andrzej Zulawski, among many others. His career has particularly been branded with an intense collaboration, during more than 20 years, with Raúl Ruiz (Time regained, Three lives and only one death…) and with Manoel de Oliveira (Francisca, Abraham’s valley, The satin slipper…)
His contribution to the dynamics of independent cinema is as remarkable as the extent of his international visibility. Since the very beginning of his career, Paulo Branco has established his presence in the greatest international film festivals.
He was the president of the Jury of the Official Selection in Competition at the Locarno Film Festival (2011), Lecce Film Festival (2011), Lucca Film Festival (2016) and the ‘Spirit of Fire’ Festival in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia (2018). In addition, he joined the panel of judges of the Official Selection in Competition of the Rotterdam Film Festival (2006), Venice Film Festival (2005) and Berlin Film Festival (1999).
Paulo Branco is also well-known as the producer who has had the greatest number of films selected at Cannes Film Festival and the greatest number of films having competed for the Golden Palm. He presented 53 films in Cannes - 27 of which in Official Selection - and brought 48 films to the Venice Film Festival.
Moreover, Paulo Branco is President of LEFFEST - Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival, event that he founded in 2007. Every year he welcomes there the greatest artists and intellectuals of the world, such as David Lynch, Pedro Almodóvar, Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Jim Jarmusch, Catherine Deneuve, Wes Anderson, Nan Goldin, Isabelle Huppert, Don Delillo, J.M. Coetzee, Cindy Sherman, Lou Reed, Stephen Frears, John Malkovich, Matthew Barney, Paul Giamatti… just to mention a few.
Paulo Branco has also received numerous awards and several tributes during his career. The European Parliament in Strasbourg awarded him with the title of “Greatest European Producer” in 1997. In 1998, the Republic of Chile decorated him with the Gabriela Mistral Order, the highest distinction of the country, for his collaboration with Raúl Ruiz. In 2002, the Locarno Film Festival dedicates, for the very first time, the Raimondo Rezzonico award to a producer by rewarding Paulo Branco. He also received Golden Horse Film Festival Award, in Taipei. In 2004, Jacques Chirac gave him recognition as an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic. In 2014, he was awarded with CINEUROPA Award.
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