Based in Paris and Berlin, Coproduction Office is an international distributor and producer of bold, award-winning films.
Coproduction Office’s founder Philippe Bober has produced forty films to date with twelve of these having been selected to screen in Competition in Cannes, winning two Golden Palms: TRIANGLE OF SADNESS (2022) and THE SQUARE (2017) both by Ruben Östlund. Other major awards have been won in Cannes, Venice and Berlin with films by auteurs with whom Bober maintains long-lasting professional relationships: Roy Andersson, Michelangelo Frammartino, Jessica Hausner, Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Carlos Reygadas and Ulrich Seidl. "The auteurs I work with are among those with the most personal, original ideas and working methods. As a producer I support pushing the borders of cinematic language, while engaging audiences” Bober notes.
Coproduction Office comprises a Paris-based international sales company, and production companies in four European countries. As one of Europe’s leading international sales agents, Coproduction Office handles the international distribution of its films as well as a selection of other exceptional films, such as the meticulously restored masterpieces of Roberto Rossellini.
Cannes : Ruben Östlund's TRIANGLE OF SADNESS wins the Palme d'Or.
Berlinale: Ulrich Seidl’s sixth feature film RIMINI premieres in Competition. The 4K restoration of Chinese cult classic SUZHOU RIVER, overseen by director Lou Ye himself, is screened for the first time as part of the Classics section.
Venice: Michelangelo Frammartino secures the Special Jury Prize for his long-awaited third feature, IL BUCO.
In France, the Roberto Rossellini retrospective “Une Vie de Cinemas” premieres on restored copies at the Festival de La Rochelle and is subsequently released theatrically by BAC Films.
Ruben Östlund, Gust Van den Berghe and Ulrich Seidl are editing their respective films. Completion of 4K restorations (supervised by the directors) of Lou Ye’s 2000 masterpiece, SUZHOU RIVER and Carlos Reygadas’ BATTLE IN HEAVEN.
Berlinale: The Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution goes to Director of Photography Jürgen Jürges, for his work on Ilya Khrzhanovskiy's and Jekaterina Oertel's DAU. NATASHA. The companion project DAU. DEGENERATION, a work in nine chapters directed by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy and Ilya Permyakov screens in Berlinale Special.
Thomas Clay’s third feature FANNY LYE DELIVER'D makes its international premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam.
In the works - upcoming films: Ruben Östlund (in production), Gust Van den Berghe, Michelangelo Frammartino and Ulrich Seidl (in post-production).
Three films, three notable prizes:
Cannes : Emily Beecham wins the Best Actress award for Jessica Hausner’s LITTLE JOE .
Venice : The Silver Lion for Best Director is awarded to Roy Andersson for ABOUT ENDLESSNESS.
Germany : Susanne Heinrich is awarded the Max Ophüls Preis (Best German-speaking Debut) for AREN'T YOU HAPPY?
THE SQUARE wins the Palme d'Or.
2012 - 2016
Ulrich Seidl's three films in the PARADISE TRILOGY have the exceptional success of being invited in three successive Competitions in Cannes, Venice and Berlin, with the second installment PARADISE FAITH winning the Venice Jury Prize.
FORCE MAJEURE by Ruben Östlund wins the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, and becomes a worldwide art-house success.
In 2014, Roy Andersson’s A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE wins the Golden Lion in Venice. This is the third film in Roy Andersson’s Living Trilogy after SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR and YOU, THE LIVING, in a trilogy that took nearly 20 years to make. In a press conference, Andersson jokes that his next film - which is currently in production - will be the fourth part of the trilogy.
2009 - 2011
In 2009 at the Venice film festival, visual artist Shirin Neshat's WOMEN WITHOUT MEN wins the Silver Lion with her first feature produced by Bober. Also in Venice, Jessica Hausner's LOURDES, a film that questions faith through a miracle, wins a unique combination of two religious awards and the union of atheists award.
Michelangelo Frammartino's LE QUATTRO VOLTE receives the Label Europa Cinema prize at the 2010 Director's Fortnight for his second film, produced with Coproduction Office.
In 2011, PLAY by Ruben Östlund is given the Coup de Coeur when it debuts in the Director's Fortnight.
LA MACCHINA AMMAZZACATTIVI by Roberto Rossellini, the master of Italian Neorealism, premiers in 2011 at the Cannes' Classics section, which marks the start of the Rossellini Project — the restoration and promotion of 10 key films by the director that include his masterpieces ROME, OPEN CITY and GERMANY YEAR ZERO.
Bober starts his ongoing working relationship with Ulrich Seidl by taking over the international sales of Seidl’s MODELS in Berlin in 1999, and later that year joining the production of DOG DAYS that goes on to win the Grand Prix in Venice two years later. This is Seidl’s first fiction feature, and marks the start of all of his feature films debuting in Competition in Cannes, Venice, or Berlin.
Coproduction Office picks up the international sales for Jessica Hausner’s graduation film, INTER-VIEW, that wins the Jury Prize of the Cinefondation in Cannes. Bober joins the production of her first feature LOVELY RITA that is selected in Un Certain Regard in 2002, and has produced all of her further films.
In 2000, Bober produces Lou Ye's SUZHOU RIVER, which will become one of the defining films of China’s Sixth Generation.
Coproduction Office handles international sales for Takashi Miike’s AUDITION, which receives a Fipresci Award in Rotterdam. This film is a founding film of the J-Horror movement as well as the title that triggered the creation of the iconic "Asia Extreme" label by Tartan.
In 2001, Bober picks up Carlos Reygadas’ JAPÓN that was presented in an unfinished state at Rotterdam and completes its post-production to present it in Cannes where it wins the Camera d'Or Special Mention, and launches Reygadas' career. The cooperation went on with Bober's production of Reygadas' second film, BATALLA EN CIELO, that was selected in Cannes Competition in 2005.
Also in 2001, Bober works with Kornél Mundruczó on his short film, AFTA. This starts the cooperation with the Hungarian director, and continues with the production of four feature films. The last two, DELTA (Fipresci prize) and TENDER SON are selected in Competition in Cannes in 2008 and 2010 respectively.
In 2003, the company produces the prize-winning Icelandic film NÓI ALBINÓI by Dagur Kári. Michelangelo Frammartino's IL DONO is awarded the Locarno's Jury Award.
Cristi Puiu's THE DEATH OF MR. LĀZĀRESCU wins the 2005 Un Certain Regard Prize, and Corneliu Porumboiu captures the Camera d'Or at Cannes 2006 with 12:08 EAST OF BUCHAREST. These two films mark the start of the Romanian New Wave movement.
In 2005, Coproduction Office begins an ongoing partnership with Ruben Östlund beginning with his short film, AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SCENE NUMBER 6882, and continuing with his feature, INVOLUNTARY, which premieres at Un Certain Regard.
Bober is a producer and sales agent for Lars von Trier’s television series THE KINGDOM that premieres in 1994 Venice’s official selection, and secures a theatrical release in a 4 1/2 hour cut in all major territories. Bober continues with financing and producing BREAKING THE WAVES in France and Germany, which wins the Grand Prix at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.
He joins the founding team of the Sarajevo Film Festival in 1996 and serves as the Head Programmer (1996-1998) before initiating and curating the New Currents as well as the New Currents Shorts sections all major territories for to foster experimental works (1999-2016). Bober also initiates the CineLink Industry Days, the festival’s co-production market, and the Work in Progress section. He currently serves as a member of the board.
In 1996, Bober begins working with Roy Andersson on SONGS FROM THE SECOND FLOOR. After four years of production in Andersson’s studio 24, the film wins the Cannes Jury Prize in 2000.
Coproduction Office's first feature film is Danish director Lars von Trier's EUROPA for which the company founder, Philippe Bober, provides the film’s non-Scandinavian elements, its financing from Germany and France, its non-Scandinavian cast with Jean-Marc Barr in the lead, and the Polish production services with an agreement arranged with Krzysztof Zanussi’s company, TOR. Lars von Trier's first international film is selected at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival where it wins the Jury Prize, and two other prizes.