Caiozzi was born in Santiago, Chile in 1944. He studied film and
television in the United States. He served as director of photography
on several feature films and has directed musicals, comedies,
documentaries and variety shows for television. He produced and
directed Julio comienza en Julio, selected for the
filmmaker's fortnight at Cannes, and chosen as Best Iberoamerican
Film, Huelva, Spain, 1979, and Best Chilean Film of the Century.
Caiozzi's relationship with José Donoso's writing began
with the video Historia de un Roble solo (Story of
a Lone Oak) based on one of the writer's stories. Together, they
went on to write the script for La luna en el espejo
(The Moon in the Mirror), which Caiozzi directed and which won
a dozen international prizes (among them, best female actress,
Festival of Venice, Italy, 1990). Coronación is Caiozzi's
third film closely linked to Donoso's work.
Caiozzi has been president of the Association of Chilean Filmmakers
and jury member at many festivals. His last film was Fernando
ha vuelto (Fernando's back), a documentary about the forced
disappearances of people in Chile. It received first prize at
the Valdivia Film Festival, the Coral prize for the Best Documentary,
Festival of Havana, 1999, and the OCIC prize, 1999, granted by
the World Catholic Church.