Milan, May 1955, started out as assistant director to Luigi Comencini, Pupi Avati, and Maurizio Ponzi.
In 1987 he made his directing debut with Fernanda, one part of the made-for-TV film Piazza Navona conceived by Ettore Scola. This was the beginning of a prolific career which saw him direct films like Piccoli equivoci (1989), Ultrà (1990, Silver Bear for Best Director), La scorta (The Escort, 1993), Vite strozzate (Strangled Lives, 1996), Canone inverso (2000), and together with Simona Izzo, Io no (2003).
He also won a David di Donatello for Best Supporting Actor in Qualcosa di biondo (Aurora, 1984). (Source: Rome film festival)