Film director, scenarist, writer and producer, Pupi Avati is one of the leading names of Italian cinema. After a degree in politics from Bologna university and a timid career as a jazz clarinetist, he made his film directing debut in 1968 with Balsamus, l’uomo di Satana (Blood Relations), initiating the Italian horror genre of the seventies, his first real success arriving in 1976 with The House with Laughing Windows. After reaching a certain fame with TV dramas such as Jazz band, 1978 and Cinema!!!, 1979, he began to explore the universe of personal relationships and autobiographical memories in a delicate melancholy provincial atmosphere with a long sequence of films, including A School Outing (1983), winner of five Silver Ribbons in 1984; Bank Clerks (1985); Graduation Party (1985); Christmas Present (1986); The Story of Boys & Girls (1989), winner of a David di Donatello for best screenplay and of two Silver Ribbons; Bix (1991), and Brothers and Sisters (1992). The director remained faithful to his personal nostalgic vision, sometimes with a hints of regret and bitterness, in the following two decades, from The Childhood Friend (1994) to The Heart Is Elsewhere (2003, David di Donatello award for best director), Christmas Rematch (2003), But When do the Girls Get Here? (2004), The Second Wedding Night (2005), A Dinner for Them to Meet (2007), Giovanna's Father (2008), The Friends at the Margherita Cafe (2009), The Youngest Son (2010), A Second Childhood (2010) and The Big Heart of Girls (2011). In 2013, Avati published his autobiography La grande invenzione (The Great Invention) and directed the TV series Un matrimonio (A Wedding), the reconstruction of a family history set in Bologna. His most recent works for the cinema include A Golden Boy (2014). In 2015 he published his first novel, Il ragazzo in soffitta (The Boy in the Attic).