Where are you from and where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Italy’s most northern city Munich. Yet, with my grandparents living south of the Alps, I also got to live in the real thing for about 3,5 years. Which was amazing, as MTV started there years before it did in Germany. The afternoons I spent mesmerized by early music television had a massive influence on me. After a year in England and endless months in Hamburg, Berlin and all over the place for work, I live in Munich with my wife and children.
What is the greatest masterpiece of film in your opinion?
It’s impossible to name only one. Some films have an influence in certain times, only very few age really well. Among my favorites are 8 1/2, LES 400 COUPS, FALLEN ANGELS, SOY CUBA, DE BATTRE MON COEUR S’EST ARRÊTÉE, DEER HUNTER, WHITE RIBBON, HEAT, LA PROMESSE, ASHES AND DIAMONDS, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, SOME LIKE IT HOT.
A highlight in your career?
Definitely a 3-day shoot in Kazakhstan which felt like 3 months – and I mean that in a good way. The most intense experience in my career so far, so rewarding in terms of learning to open up to the circumstances, to cherish and work with what is available, rather than what you dreamt of at your desk.