Born in Pozzolengo near Brescia in the early Thirties, Franco Piavoli worked as a law teacher in high school. His career as a film-maker started in the early Sixties with some successful shorts marked by a personal poetic vein: Le Stagioni (1961), Domenica Sera (1962), Emigranti (1963). From the torpor of the Eighties blossomed his first two features, a true revelation in the desolating panorama of those years: Il Pianeta Azzurro (1982) and Nostos (1989). He finished latest film Voci nel Tempo in 1996. As well as teaching and film-making he has also worked for the theatre.