After studying under Renzo Rossellini at the Gaumont Film School from 1980-83, Giuseppe Piccioni made his directorial debut in 1987 with Il grande Blek which won the De Sica Award for the best new Italian film of the year. The film screened at that year's Berlin Film Festival and also won the Nastro d'Argento.
His next film, Chiedi la luna, won a Grollo d'Oro for best director and was selected for the 1991 Venice Film Festival. Mr. Piccioni established himself internationally in 1999 as his film Fouri dal mondo went on to win five David di Donatello awards for Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, Best Producer and Best Editing. It garnered four Ciaks d'Oro's as well as the Special Grand Prize of the Jury Award at Montreal and both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the AFI festival.