Born in Biella in 1950. After graduating in Modern Literature with a thesis on the History and Criticism of Film, he began his collaboration with the AIACE (the Italian association of Friends of Art-House Films) of Turin, for which he served as president from 1977 to 1989. From 1980 to 1983 he was the film critic for the daily newspaper “La Gazzetta del Popolo” and since 1982 has been a member of the Order of Journalists, on the list of publicists. He has collaborated with many magazines, and has curated or participated in many radio and television shows for RAI.
In 1982 he began his collaboration with the Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani (now the Torino Film Festival), first as a press agent, then as the Secretary General and member of the Selection Committee, from 1984 to 1988. From 1989 to 1998, he served as Director. From December 1998 to April 2002 he was the Director of the Venice International Film Festival. From 2002 to 2006, he was the co-director of “RING! Festival of Film Critics” in Alexandria.
From 2004 to 2016 he was the Director of the National Museum of Cinema in Turin. Since 2008, he has been President of the Advisory Board of TorinoFilmLab.
1975 Erich von Stroheim, Edizioni Aiace, Torino
1976 François Truffaut, Il Castoro Cinema, La Nuova Italia Editrice, Firenze
1979 Leggere il cinema (in collaboration with Roberto Turigliatto), Oscar Studio Mondadori, Milano
1985 Hitchcock e gli hitchcockiani, Edizioni Aiace, Torino
1986 Michael Snow, Edizioni Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani, Torino
1988 Dennis Hopper (in collaboration with Davide Ferrario), Edizioni Aiace, Torino
1996 Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Lindau, Torino
2003 Kiarostami (in collaboration with Elisa Resegotti), Electa, Milano
2004 Cavalcarono insieme. 50 anni di cinema e televisione in Italia, Electa, Milano
2006 Cabiria (in collaboration with Silvio Alovisio), Il Castoro, Milano
2007 Carol Bellaiche, fotografa ai Cahiers du Cinéma, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Torino
2010 Rebels. Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn. Fotografie di Sam Shaw, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Torino
Dieci! Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Torino
Noi credevamo. Il Risorgimento secondo Martone, Il Castoro / Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Milano
2011 Noi credevamo. Il Risorgimento secondo Martone, Il Castoro / Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Milano
Magnum sul set. Il cinema visto dai grandi fotografi, Silvana Editoriale, Milano