Born in Zwickau (Germany).
Beginning in 1969 assistant stage director for East German Television.
1978-82 study of film direction at the Hochschule für Film in Babelsberg, 1985-88 master class pupil of Heiner Carow at the Akademie der Künste in the German Democratic Republic.
1988-91 active in the DEFA Studio for documentary film, Berlin.
Since 1994 various guest professorships; since 1997 professor of feature film direction at the Konrad Wolf Hochschule für Film, Babelsberg.
Member of the board of advisors for the Stiftung Kulturfond and of the film board of the Goethe Institut.