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 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 270 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, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, João César Monteiro, Paul Auster, Philippe Garrel, Mathieu Amalric… among many others. His career has particularly been branded with an intense collaboration, during more than 20 years, with Raúl Ruiz (Mysteries of Lisbon, 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 has been member of the jury at the Berlinale (1999), at Venice’s Mostra (2005), and at the Rotterdam Film Festival (2006). In 2011, he
was Foreman of the jury at the Lecce Film Festival and at the Locarno Film Festival. 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 54 films in Cannes - 28 of which in Official Selection - and brought 50 films to the Venice Film Festival.
Moreover, Paulo Branco is President of the 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, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Don Delillo, J.M. Coetzee, Cindy Sherman, Lou Reed, Stephen Frears, John Malkovich, Matthew Barney, Wes Anderson… just to mention a few.
Paulo Branco has also received numerous awards and several tributes during his career. The European Parliament in Strasburg awarded him with the title of “Greatest European Producer” in 1997. In 1998, the Republic of Chile decorated him with the Gabriela Mistral Odrder, 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 to a producer by rewarding Paulo Branco. In2004, Paulo Branco received from the French Republic the title of Officer of the Order of Arts and
Letters. In 2014, the 30st Festroia International Film Festival of Setúbal pays homage to Paulo Branco and the Associação Cultural de São Paulo Produção Criativa organizes “O Cinema de Paulo Branco”, a cycle dedicated to him. The same year, the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival proposes a Master Class by Paulo Branco.
Production and Post-Production Supervisor
Agathe Zocco di Ruscio
Head of distribution
Tel : +331 42 01 84 71
Céline Cors Mata
Programmation and Festivals France
Tel: +331 42 01 84 76
Clara Flageollet Schmit
International Sales Manager
Tel: +331 42 01 84 28