Ermanno Olmi was born in Bergamo, Italy in 1931. During the final months of WWII he worked as a baker’s delivery boy and at the end of the war was hired by Edison as a clerk, with whome he made nearly forty documentaries. He directed his first feature film, Time Stood Still, in 1959. In 1961, he won the the Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival with his film The Job. Other films set in the working world soon followed: The Fiance´s (1963), One Fine Day (1968), and The Circumstance (1974). In 1978 The Tree of Wooden Clogs, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1983 he made Walking, Walking and the documentary Milano 83, dedicated to his adopted city. In 1987, after a period of inactivity, Olmi returned to directing with Long Live the Lady, which was awarded the Silver Lion in Venice. The following year, he directed The Legend of the Holy Drinker, which won the Golden Lion in Venice. In 1993, he directed The Secret of the Old Woods and in 2001 The Profession of Arms screened at Cannes and won nine David di Donatello awards.