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Paulo Branco

Paulo Branco started his career as a producer in 1979 in Paris and Lisbon. Today, he is one of the most important figures in the independent production world, and a key player in auteur cinema.

 

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, André Téchiné, Andrzej Zulawski, Olivier Assayas, Cédric Kahn, Paul Auster, Philippe Garrel, Mathieu Amalric and more.


Paulo Branco started his career as a producer in 1979 in Paris and Lisbon. Today, he is one of the most important figures in the independent production world, and a key player in auteur cinema.
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, André Téchiné,Andrzej Zulawski, Olivier Assayas, Cédric Kahn, Paul Auster, Philippe Garrel, Mathieu
Amalric and more.

 

His career has been distinguished by an intense collaboration, during more than 20 years, with directors Raúl Ruiz and Manoel de Oliveira.

 

He has presented 53 films at Cannes – 27 of which were in the Official Selection category – and has brought 48 films to the Venice Film Festival.

 

Branco has been a member of the jury at the Berlinale (1999), Venice (2005) and Rotterdam (2006). In 2011, he was foreman of the jury at the Lecce Film Festival and at the Locarno Film Festival.

 

Branco has also received numerous awards and several tributes during his career. The
European Parliament in Strasburg awarded him the Greatest European Producer in 1997.
In 1998, the Republic of Chile decorated him with the Gabriela Mistral Order, the highest distinction in the country, for his collaboration with Raúl Ruiz. In 2002, the Locarno Film Festival awarded the Raimondo Rezzonico to Branco, the first time a producer received the award. Finally, in 2004, Paulo Branco was given the title of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Republic.
Branco is President of the Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival, an event that he founded in 2007.
Every year he welcomes leading artists and intellectuals of the world to this event.

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