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La Pivellina

La Pivellina
International title La Pivellina
Section 47 edición - Sección Oficial Largometrajes
Country Italia, Austria
Year 2009
Running time 100
Director Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel
Screenplay Tizza Covi
Film Editing Tizza Covi
Photography Rainer Frimmel
Production Tizza Covi, Rainier Frimmel
Cast Patrizia Gerardi, Asia Crippa, Tairo Caroli, Walter Saabel

Vento Film

Distribution Company

Films Distribution


While searching the slums of Rome for her dog Hercules, Patty meets an abandoned girl. The pivellina is two years old and says her name is “Aia” (from “Asia”). As her parents are nowhere to be found, Patty decides to take her to her trailer. She shares the trailer with Walter, her boyfriend and fellow circus artist. Though at first they intend to report the incident to the police, they soon start enjoying looking after the charming Asia. Something similar happens to Tairo, the young child of another family in the area, who will soon become the little girl’s closest friend.

Director bio

Tizza Covi was born in Bolzano, Italy, in 1971, She lived in Paris and Berlin before graduating in photography from the Graphische Lehranstalt of Vienna. She then travelled to Rome where she worked as a freelance photographer. In 2002 she founded the film production company Vento Film with Rainer Frimmel. The pair’s second documentary, Babooska (2005), set in the world of the circus, received various awards including the Wolfgang Staudte at the Berlin Festival. Her fiction debut came with La Pivellina (2009), which was awarded at the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. Rainer Frimmel was born in Vienna in 1971. He is a photographer at the Graphische Lehranstalt, and has received scholarships in New York, Paris and Rome for his work.  His filmmaking career has developed in parallel with Tizza Covi, with whom he founded an audio-visual production company.