Born in 1953, Brunico, Italy. Leading Italian actor, director, and producer, founder of the production and distribution company Sacher Film, began his directing career in the 1970s with films that reflected a period of resistance against the established order: I Am Self Sufficient (1976) and Ecce Bombo (1977).
He became one of the great hopefuls of Italian cinema in the 1980s, shooting the films Golden Dreams (1981), Bianca (1983), and The Mass Is Ended (1985).
His leftist although strongly individualistic bent manifests itself in the movies Red Lob (1989), Dear Diary (1993), and April (1997). In 2001 he took the Palme d’Or at Cannes for the intimate drama The Son’s Room. (Karlovy Vary Film Festival)