Surf Film was founded by Massimo Vigliar in 1982. It successfully operates in the sector of film production and distribution worldwide, increasing, each year its catalogue, which now counts approximately 600 films. Many of the titles epitomize the greatest productions of post-war Italian Cinema, such as: ‘La Ciociara-Two Women’, “Matrimonio All’Italiana-Marriage, Italian style”, ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ by Vittorio de Sica; ‘A Special Day’ by Ettore Scola, and many others. The list also contains unforgettable pieces of European Cinema such as ‘Contempt’ by J. L. Godard, and ‘Quiet Days in Clichy’ by C. Chabrol.
The last feature film realized as producer was ‘Gorbaciof’ with Toni Servillo, directed by Stefano Incerti, which received excellent critics at the 67th Venice Film Festival and competed at the 35th Festival of Toronto.
Moreover, in the last years, Surf Film has dedicated itself to the production of numerous documentaries remembering some of the fundamental contributors to the greatness of Italian cinema, like Vittorio De Sica, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni and Ugo Tognazzi, Vittorio Gassmann, Alberto Sordi.
Constantly present in the major International Markets and Festivals, Surf Film is proud to keep a high International profile and assures a best market placement for its titles.
When I created Surf Film many years ago, I tried to remember the advice of my old boss: “Buy pictures rights and negatives: it is the future of the movie business”.
He was right, I have been doing it for thirty years and I reached a great amount of titles. Nowadays Surf Film is one of the biggest European Libraries of feature films.
One of the most important meetings of my professional life was with the great producer, and Sophia Loren’s husband, Mr. Carlo Ponti. At the end of a long meeting we agreed that I would buy part of his library: classic Italian films like “Two women”, “A special day”, “Yesterday today and tomorrow” and many others entered our catalogue, and I was very proud.
In 1986 we experimented with production: until now we have produced about 40 titles. We have produced some successful titles like “Quiet days in Clichy” by Chabrol, or “The sleazy uncle” by Brusati, but, to be honest, we are still famous for our classic: Vittorio De Sica, Gillo Pontecorvo, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini and others.
Recently, taking advantage of new technologies, we are able restore old classics, which come back to their original, and marvellous, photography and sound.
Spaghetti Western is also a huge part of our catalogue. Thanks to directors like Fulci and Bava , actors like Franco Nero and great technicians, Italian cinema has realized action movies sold and still selling everywhere in the world.
I wish a good future to our cinema. In the last decades, except for a few wonderful exceptions, Italian cinema has not reached the majestic levels of what it was in the 50s, 60s and 70s.
We are still remembered for those golden years a small credit also belongs to Surf Film.