Born in Ascoli Piceno on July 2 1953, he graduated in sociology after attending the Gaumont cinema school in Rome, created and directed by Renzo Rossellini. In 1985, he was among the co-founders of the production company Vertigo, which produced in 1987 his directorial debut, The Great Blek (Il grande Blek), whcih was praised by critics and received a number of awards, including a Silver Ribbon and the De Sica Prize for young Italian directors. It was followed by Ask for the Moon (Chiedi la luna), for which the director received the 1993 Golden Grolla, while leading actress Margherita Buy obtained a Golden Sacher award.
There follows Condemned to Wed (Condannato a nozze) in 1993, and Penniless Hearts (Cuori al verde) in 1996. The latter won the International Comedy Festival at Alpe d’Huez (France) and the audience award at the Bastia Festival. In 1997 he realizes Words from the Heart (Le parole del cuore) for the Italian national TV, editing together archival footage from RAI… read more