La Pivellina

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La Pivellina
La Pivellina.jpg
La Pivellina movie poster
Directed by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
Produced by Rainer Frimmel
Written by Tizza Covi
Starring Patrizia Gerardi
Walter Saabel
Asia Crippa
Tairo Caroli
Cinematography Rainer Frimmel
Edited by Tizza Covi
Distributed by Films Distribution
Release date
  • 19 May 2009 (2009-05-19) (Cannes)
  • 13 November 2009 (2009-11-13) (Austria)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Austria
Language Italian

La Pivellina (The Little One) is a 2009 Austrian feature film debut directed by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel. The film premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in the Directors' Fortnight, where it has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film.


Abandoned in a park, the two-year-old girl Asia is found by Patty, 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 gives the girl a new home for an uncertain period of time. However, Walter is concerned that they may be accused of kidnapping the girl, and he plans to report Asia's presence to the police.

Patty receives a letter from the mother in which she announces that she will collect the girl two days later. They have a farewell party, but the mother does not show up.


  • Patrizia Gerardi as Patty
  • Walter Saabel as Walter
  • Asia Crippa as Asia
  • Tairo Caroli as Tairo


La Pivellina has been screened in more than 130 International Film Festivals (including Berlinale, Toronto, Karlovy Vary, New York, San Francisco, Palm Springs) and received over 35 awards. La Pivellina is being released in more than 20 countries worldwide (including USA, Argentina, France, Italy, Brazil, Germany). The film was selected as the Austrian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards,[1] but it didn't make the final shortlist.[2]

Awards (selection)[edit]

Prix Europa Cinemas Label - Best European Film
Premio "Lino Miccichè" - Best Feature Film
Golden Gladiator for Best Feature Film
  • 2009 aug, Annecy Cinéma Italien
Prix d'Interprétation Féminine (Patrizia Gerardi) - Best Actress
Prix Spécial du Jury
Ecumenical Jury Prize
Grand Prix "Scythian Deer" for Best Feature Film
Yves Montand Prize for Best Acting (Patrizia Gerardi)
Jury Grand Prize
Mejor Película - Best Feature Film
Premió de Público - Audience Award
Golden Owl Award for Best Feature Film
Premio "Principado de Asturias" Mejor Largometraje - Best Feature Film
Premio Mejor Actriz (Patrizia Gerardi) - Best Actress
  • 2009 nov, Castellininaria Festival Internazionale del Cinema Giovane Bellizona
Premio “Ambiente e Salute: Qualità di Vita”
Grand Prix for Best Feature Film
Prix Mademoiselle Ladubay Long Metrage - Best Actress (Patrizia Gerardi)
Grand Prix for Best Austrian Feature Film 2009/10
Distribution Award Caixa Geral de Depósitos
  • 2010 apr, Festival Cinematográfico Internacional de Uruguay
Mencione del Jurado
Mencione del Jurado FIPRESCI Uruguay
Menzione Speciale Migliore Opera Prima
Premio Miglior Film - Best Feature Film
Premio Miglior Attrice - Best Actress (Patrizia Gerardi)
Premio del Pubblico – Audience Award
Premio Migliore Opera Prima
  • 2010 aug, Sarzana Film Festival
Premio "Cineforum Sarzana" Migliore Film - Best Feature Film

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "La Pivellina Austrian film for the Oscars". Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  2. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar® Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19. 


  1. Karin Schiefer, AFC, April 2009, Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel: La Pivellina - Interview
  2. Natasha Senjanovic, April 27, 2010,The Hollywood Reporter
  3. Bénédicte Prot, May 19, 2009, Cineuropa
  4. Jon Davies,2009, Cinemascope
  5. Pablo Suárez, Buenos Aires Herald
  6. Boyd Van Hoeij, May 19, 2009, Variety
  7. Jason Anderson, Eye Weekly

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