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Raphaël Berdugo has more than 30 years experience in the movie business, especially in production and international sales. He has coproduced around 30 movies through various production companies, mostly arthouse films that have been selected by prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Toronto, winning numerous awards. He was previously manager/owner of ROISSY FILMS for more than 15 years, a well-known French independent production and sales company. He sold this company to EUROPACORP (Luc Besson) in 2008. He was also President of the France’s Association of Film Exporters (ADEF) for six years.
He now focuses on production and international sales of his own coproductions through his new company, CITÉ FILMS.
He has coproduced in 2016 Tour de France by Rachid Djaidani, starring Gérard Depardieu and Sadek, selected by La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and The Winter by Emiliano Torres, a French-Argentinian movie in coproduction with Orange Studio, which won Special Jury Prize & Best Photo at San Sebastian Film Festival, Critic & Best Actor Awards at Biarritz Film Festival, Best Film at Macao International Film Festival 2016 and Best First Picture at Havana Latino Film Festival 2016.
In 2018, CITÉ FILMS coproduced an Italian movie entitled 5 Is The Perfect Number by Igort, starring Toni Servillo and Valeria Golino. In 2019, two projects are in development: The Lawyer by Zinedine Soualem with Medi Sadoun, Zinedine Soualem, Charles Berling, Simon Abkarian, Dany Boon (TBC), and AESOP by Atiq Rahimi, starring Thomas Ngijol and John Malkovich (TBC).
5 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER 2019
Cast: Toni Servillo, Valeria Golino
Status: In post-production
Peppino Lo Cicero, an ex hitman for the camorra, is forced out of retirement by the murder of his son. Caught in a terrible spiral of violence and revenge, if he wants to save his life and the life of the ones he loves, he’ll have to out-shrewd and be more brutal than his enemies. By the end the story he’ll find out that he was betrayed, but he’ll be able start a new life by leaving the city and its traditions that kept him hostage for all those years. Based on one of the world’s most popular and awarded graphic novels.
TOUR DE FRANCE 2016
Genre: Road Movie
Director: Rachid Djaïdani
Screenplay: Rachid Djaïdani
Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Sadek, Louise Grinberg
To escape revenge at the hands of a gang, a Muslim rap musician finds himself on a strange road trip. He has to drive his best friend’s rightwing father around a series of French ports which the older man, a former docker, wants to paint, following in the footsteps of a classic 18th century French master. The tension soon mounts between these two unlikely companions. But things change as they approach Marseille, where the rapper performs in a memorable concert inspired by this peculiar journey.
La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs - Cannes 2016
THE WINTER 2016
Director: Emiliano Torres
Screenplay: Emiliano Torres
Cast: Cristian Salguero, Alejandro Sieveking
After years working on an “estancia”, an Argentine ranch in Patagonia, the old foreman is forced to retire and a younger man takes his place. The change is difficult for the old man, who will do anything to get his job back. Confrontation is inevitable, since the young man needs this job to settle down with his wife and children. But he also has to survive the oncoming harsh winter.
San Sebastian Films Festival 2016 - Special Jury Prize & Best Photo
Biarritz Film Festival 2016 - Critic & Best Actor Awards
Macao International Film Festival 2016 - Best Film
Havana Latino Film Festival 2016 - Best First Picture
Condor de Plata 2017 - Best First Feature