Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
Written by Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel / Photography Rainer Frimmel / Editing Tizza Covi / Starring Patrizia Gerardi, Tairo Caroli, Asia Crippa, Walter Saabel / Produced by Rainer Frimmel
Austria/Italy, 2009 – 100’
Cinema De Seta
Efebo d'Oro New Languages
Abondoned in a park, the two-year- old girl Asia is found by Patti, a circus woman living with her husband Walter in a trailer park in San Basilio on the outskirts of Rome. With the help of Tairo, a teenager who lives with his grandma in an adjacent container, Patti starts to search for the girl’s mother and gives the girl a new home for an uncertain period of time. La Pivellina is a film about a cosmos of outcasts in present- day Italy: a moving tale of courage and discrimination, of loss and togetherness, a look behind the corrugated-iron fence of a gated community.
Since 1996 Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel are working together in photography, theatre, and movie projects. In 2002 they founded their own film production company Vento Film to produce their films independently. They won several awards for their documentaries, including the Wolfgang Staudte Award at the Berlinale for Babooska. In 2007 they were honored with the “Österreichischen Förderungspreis für Filmkunst” and in 2013 with the “Österreichischen Kunstpreis für Filmkunst”.