Markus Imboden was born in Interlaken/Switzerland in 1955 and studied German and History. He then worked from 1981-1986 as an assistant director at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich and Cologne's Schauspiel theater, among others. In 1986, he made his directorial debut with Moviestar and followed this with TV films and series such as Ausgerechnet Zoe, Der Fahnder, Polizeiruf 110 and Bella Block. His feature Katzendiebe was one of the most successful Swiss films of all time. His latest features for cinema are Frau Rettich, die Czerni und ich (1998), Komiker (2000) and Heidi (2001).