Bulgarian director, born in 1943 in Burgas. He graduated from the VGIK Film School in Moscow in 1970. His feature films took part in some of the biggest film festivals in the world among which Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, Montreal, San Francisco and Saraevo. His film Advantage won Silver Bear, Berlin 1978. His film The Camp was part of the Cannes "Quinzaine des realisateurs" program in 1990. His film Lady Zee (2005) won The Heart of Sarajevo 2005 and seven other international awards, including Best Bulgarian Feature at Sofia International Film Festival 2006.
1973 – 2010 he was professor in Film and TV
Directing at the Academy for Dramatic and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria.
He is an honorary professor at The New Bulgarian University, Sofia. He
is a voting member of the European Film Academy.