After his studies at the Lycée Carnot in Dijon in France and at the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague he filmed a range of very popular and successful works at the Barrandov film studios: Bota jménem Melichar, Poklad hraběte Chamaré, Zkouškové období, Andělská tvář, as well as fairytales about the Princess Jasněncka and the flying cobbler (which won an award at the Eurofestival in Belgium and at the International Film Festival in Chicago), Princezna ze mlejna I and II and Z pekla štěstí I and II. He is one of the most popular and commercially successful directors of Czech film in teh last twenty years. His comedy trio Slunce, seno ... (-jahody; -a pár facek; -erotika), as well as Kameňák I–III broke box office records in cinemas and also in terms of television viewers. He also prepared the medallion of the soprano singer Magdalena Hajóssyová, the documentaries Hudební Písek, Dvořák a Sychrov, Hledání modrého tónu. In the theatre he directed Hamlet, in the National Theatre Verdi's Don Carlos and in the State opera Bizet's opera Carmen and Dvořák's Rusalka. His production of Rusalka at Křižík's fountain is one of the most successful projects of the Prague Exhibition Arena.