Established in 2003 with the purpose of producing both documentaries and feature films, the company starts to gain attention by the domestic film industry and critics with COVER BOY, directed by Carmine Amoroso. The film is selected in many national and international festivals and is nominated in the categories of Best Production and Best supporting actor at the David di Donatello Awards in 2009. More recently, after the national hit of debut film by Rocco Papaleo, BASILICATA COAST TO COAST, Paco Cinematografica produces Giuseppe Tornatore’s international project THE BEST OFFER, starring Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland. The film, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures in Italy and Germany, obtains excellent results at the national box office and receives praise from both critics and audience.
The Best Offer wins a leading six trophies at the David di Donatello Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Score awarded by master composer Ennio Morricone, who is also awarded as Best Composer at the European Film Awards 2013. The picture is sold worldwide by London based international sales agent uMedia International. In 2013 the company produces also A SMALL SOUTHERN ENTERPRISE, second feature film directed by Rocco Papaleo, starring Riccardo Scamarcio and Barbora Bobulova along with the same Papaleo. The picture has been domestically released by Warner Bros. Pictures Italia with 400 prints. It obtains the Prix Amilcar des Exploitants at Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt.
Between 2014 and 2015 Paco has become even more international oriented by completing co-production projects: FIRST LIGHT, by Vincenzo Marra, which is an Italian-Chilean co-production, shot in Italian and Spanish with locations half in Italy and half in Chile and represented internationally by U.S. based sales agency Recreation Media; and Gianfranco Cabiddu’s THE STUFF OF DREAMS, an Italian-French co-production, shot in the beautiful island of Asinara in Sardinia. FIRST LIGHT won the Pasinetti Award for Best Film at Venice Days 2015, THE STUFF OF DREAMS premierred at the Rome Film Fest and won the David di Donatello Award 2017 for Best adapted screenplay and the Italian Golden Globe 2017 for Best Film. The film is represented internationally by Amadeus Entertainment.
Another achievement in 2015 has been Arturo’s nomination as Italian ‘Producer on the Move’ at 2015 Cannes International Film Festival.
In 2016 the company produces CORRESPONDENCE, Tornatore’s new feature film, starring Jeremy Irons and Olga Kurylenko, shot in english in Italy and UK, sold worldwide by sales agent uMedia International and distributed in USA by FOX.
In the same year, Paco distributed in Italy, in collaboration with Academy Two, the film A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT by the iranian director Ana Lily Amirpour.
In 2017 releases NO COUNTRY FOR YOUNG MEN by Giovanni Veronesi, an italian-spanish coproduction with Neo Art Producciones, shot in Italy and Cuba, and NINE 1/2 MOONS first feature by Michela Andreozzi.
In 2018 TRAVELING WITH ADELE first feature by Alessandro Capitani premiere at Roma Cinema Fest on 17th October at Casa del Cinema in Rome, as pre-opening of the thirteenth Rome Film Fest, and THE MAGIC FLUTE AT PIAZZA VITTORIO by Mario Tronco and Gianfranco Cabiddu, also premiere as Special Event on 23rd of October.
The same year Paco releases WHAT FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE? first feature by Filippo Bologna.
Currently Paco completed the second film by Michela Andreozzi GOOD GALS.
Paco Cinematografica nurtures collaborations with the most valued screenwriters, directors and talents and aims to keep working to projects meant for the international market.
Good Gals (Brave ragazze) by Michela Andreozzi
2018 Magic flute at Piazza Vittorio (Il Flauto Magico di piazza Vittorio) by Mario Tronco and Gianfranco Cabiddu
2018 What for New Year’s Eve? (Cosa fai a Capodanno?) by Filippo Bologna in association with Imprebanca S.p.a. and Focchi S.p.a. released by Vision Distribution Italy release: 18 October 2018
2018 Traveling with Adele (In viaggio con Adele) by Alessandro Capitani in association with Imprebanca S.p.a. with the support of Apulia Film Commission released by Vision Distribution Italy release: 18 October 2018
2017 Nine and 1/2 moons (Nove lune e mezza) by Michela Andreozzi in collaboration with Vision Distribution in association with GROUPAMA ASSICURAZIONI S.P.A. ed ESSEQUAMVIDERI S.r.l. released by Vision Distribution Italy release: 12 October 2017
2017 No country for young men (Non è un Paese per Giovani) by Giovanni Veronesi in collaboration with Rai Cinema and Banca Popolare di Bari Released by 01 Distribution Italy Release date: 23 March 2017 – International sales agent: Rai Com
2016 Correspondence (La Corrispondenza) by Giuseppe Tornatore in collaboration with Rai Cinema and Unicredit Leasing Released by 01 Distribution Italy Release date: 14 January 2016 – International sales agent: uMedia
2015 First Light (La Prima Luce), by Vincenzo Marra in collaboration with Rai Cinema, with the support of Mibact and Apulia Film Commission Released by BIM Distribution Italy Release date: 14 September 2015 – International sales agent: Recreation Media
Pasinetti Award for Best Film at Venice Days 2015
2015 The Stuff of Dreams (La Stoffa dei Sogni), by Gianfranco Cabiddu Supported by Mibact, Regione Sardegna, in co-production with White Pictures (France) Released by Microcinema Italy Release date: 1 December 2016 – International sales agent: Amadeus Entertainment
Premiere at Rome Film Fest
1 David di Donatello Award – Best adapted screenplay
Italian Golden Globe for Best Film
2014 O sangue è quente da Bahia, by Aurelio Grimaldi with the support of Mibact, a co-production with Sereia Filmes (Brasil) Selected at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Spectrum, 2014
2013 A Small Southern Enterprise (Una Piccola Impresa Meridionale), by Rocco Papaleo With the support of Mibact, Lazio Film Fund, BNL, Sardegna Film Commission Released by Warner Bros. Italy – Release date 17 October 2013 Festival du Film Italien de
Villerupt – Prix Amilcar des Exploitants
2013 The Best Offer (La Migliore Offerta), by Giuseppe Tornatore With the participation of Warner Bros. Ent. Italia, UniCredit, with the support of BLS, FVG Film Fund, Lazio film Fund – Released by Warner Bros. Italy Release date: 1 January 2013 – International sales agent: uMedia
International Premiere at Berlinale Special 2013
European Film Award for Best Composer – Ennio Morricone – 5 European Film Award Nominations – Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Composer, Audience Award
6 David di Donatello Awards – Best Film, Best Director, Best Composer, Best Production Designer, Best Costume Designer, David Youth
6 Nastri D’Argento (Silver Ribbons) – Best Director, Best Production, Best Music, Best Production Design, Best Edting, Best Costumes
2011 Scossa, film in four episodes, by U. Gregoretti, C. Lizzani, C. Maselli, N. RussoWith the supporto of Mibact, Regione Sicilia – Released by Eagle Pictures Release date: 16 March 2012
Presented at the Venice Film Festival, Out of Competition, 2011
2010 Basilicata Coast to Coast, by Rocco Papaleo Co-produced with Ipotesi Film and Eagle Pictures With the support of Mibact, Region of Basilicata – Released by Eagle Pictures – Release date: 9 April 2010 – International sales agent: Global Screen
2 David di Donatello Awards – Best Debut Film, Best Music
Festival du Film Italien de Villerupt – Prix Amilcar des Exploitants
2009 Solo Amore (documentary), by Volfango De Biasi Co-produced with Rai Cinema
2007 Cover Boy, Last Revolution, by Carmine Amoroso With the support of Mibact – Released by Istituto Luce (also Intl. Sales Representative)
Nominated at the David di Donatello 2009 in the categories of Best Production and Best Supporting Actor – Selected by 97 festivals, among which: Rotterdam International Film Festival , Moscow International Film Festival, Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma, Festival de Cinema Polític de Barcelona, International Film Festival Mannheim – Heidelberg, Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo
2005 Unit 22 (Padiglione 22), by Livio Bordone With the support of Mibact
2005 Lettere dalla Sicilia, by Manuel Giliberti With the support of Mibact
Italian Golden Globe as “film not to forget”