Born by the Black Sea, he graduated in cinema at the VGIK in Moscou where he directed Le Tonnelier awarded at the Oberhausen festival. In 1970, he joined the Boyana sudio in Sofia. He directed his first full length film, Le test, which was awarded at Locarno, Cannes and Mannheim. His film Avantage won the best direction prize in Berlin in 1978 and his documentary Neshka Robeva et ses filles won an award in Palerma. His work also was shown in Rotterdam, San Francisco and La Rochelle.