Born in Yogyakarta, 1975. Graduated from Film & TV Faculty of the Jakarta Arts Institute. Won Best Director in Indonesian Film Festival 2005 and 2007. Directed succesful romantic comedy, horror, drama and lately focus on Islamic-themed movies.
His Islamic romance Ayat-Ayat Cinta (2008), gained 1.5 million audiences in the first 9 days. He would prefer to be known as a director who "fights against stupidity and ignorance" and does not feel that he is a religious filmmaker.
His films have been on both sides of the political spectrum, with his right-wing films more commercially successful, he is "intrigued" with leftist ideology.