A decisive contribution to the French Cinema. The investment in new directors and an ongoing relationship with established filmmakers.
Established in 2006, ALFAMA FILMS extends Paulo Branco’s commitment for independent cinema with directors he has been supporting for a long time and with emerging talents, always taking on new challenges.
Since its creation, ALFAMA FILMS has been producing more than thirty-five feature-length films, most of which have been screened in the most prestigious international festivals. In 2007, LOVE SONGS by Christophe Honoré was selected at the Cannes Film Festival in official competition. In 2008, TONIGHT by Werner Schroeter was in official competition at the Venice Film Festival and FOUR NIGHTS WITH ANNA by Jerzy Skolimowski was the opening movie at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, ASHES AND BLOOD by Fanny Ardant, was presented in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. THE MYSTERIES OF LISBON by Raúl Ruiz received the Louis Delluc Prize and the Best Director Award in San Sebastian in 2010. In 2012, David Cronenberg's COSMOPOLIS was in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and Valeria Sarmiento's LINES OF WELLINGTON at the Mostra of Venise. In 2013, MY SOUL HEALED BY YOU by François Dupeyron was in competition at San Sebastian Film Festival. In 2015, Andrzej Zulawski's COSMOS won an award at the Locarno Film Festival and Mathieu Amalric's THE BLUE ROOM competed in the Un Certain Regard selection at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2016, BEAUTIFUL DAYS OF ARANJUEZ by Wim Wenders and NEVER EVER by Benoit Jacquot are both present in the official selection in Venice and Toronto. The same year, FOOL MOON by Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet was selected at the Cannes Film Festival and Julien Samani's feature debut YOUTH was selected in competition at the Locarno Film Festival. In 2017, STALIN’S COUCH, the third feature film by Fanny Ardant, is release in France. The same year, THE CAPTAIN Robert Schwentke premiered in Toronto and was then in competition in San Sebastian where it won the award for best photography. More recently, Valeria Sarmiento's THE BLACK BOOK has also been selected at the Toronto Film Festival and San Sebastian Festivals, while Tiago Guedes' A HERDADE competed in the official competition at the 76th Venice Film Festival and has been selected at TIFF 2019 in the category Special Presentation. In 2020, MOSQUITO opens the Rotterdam Festival and receives the special jury award at the Burgas Festival. In 2022, THE CHILD, the first film by Marguerite de Hillerin and Félix Dutilloy-Liégeois, premiers at the Rotterdam Festival in the Tiger Competition. The same year, Tiago Guedes' latest film REMAINS OF THE WIND, is selected at the Cannes Film Festival in a Special Screenings.
ALFAMA FILMS also provides a distribution, international sales and publishing activity, mainly for the films it produces or co-produces, with a focus on collaboration and authors' follow-up.
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. The World Cultural Council awarded him with the Leonardo Da Vinci Award of Arts in 2019. In 2021, he was honored for the second time by the French Cinémathèque, which dedicated a first tribute entitled “Bravo Branco” to him in 1992, and thus became the first independent producer to be honored twice by the prestigious cinémathèque.