Ermanno Olmi - (Bergamo, 1931 – Asiago, 2018) was one of the greatest Italian film directors of the 20th century. He shot his first feature film, Il tempo si è fermato (Time Stood Still), in 1959. In 1978, with The Tree of Wooden Clogs, he was awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival and the César Award for Best Foreign Film. In 1982 he founded in Bassano del Grappa the film school Ipotesi Cinema. In 1988 he won the Golden Lion and 4 David di Donatello awards for The Legend of the Holy Drinker, while in 2001 The Profession of Arms won 9 David awards.
In 2008 Ermanno Olmi was awarded the Honorary Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival.