Most well known for his David di Donatello Award-winning films Il Mio Paese (2006) and Velocita Massima (2002), this Italian director and screenwriter is also recognized for his work on the 2012 documentary feature La Nave Dolce (The Human Cargo) and on the 2017 film Bianco.
After graduating from La Sapienza - University of Rome, he became a film critic for the Italian magazines Cinema Nuovo and Cinema 60.
His 2012 film Diaz - Don't Clean Up This Blood won a Berlin Film Festival Audience Award.
He was born and raised in Castel di Tora, Rieti, Lazio, Italy, and he later married film director Constance Quatriglio.
He directed Italian actor Elio Germano in the 2008 film Il Passato e una Terra Straniera (The Past Is a Foreign Land).