La Pivellina

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German title La Pivellina
Original title La Pivellina
Country of production Austria , Italy
original language Italian
Publishing year 2009
length 105 minutes
Age rating FSK 0
JMK 10
Director Tizza Covi ,
Rainer Frimmel
script Tizza Covi
production Rainer Frimmel
camera Rainer Frimmel
cut Tizza Covi

La Pivellina (alternative title: Die Kleine ) is a film by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel from 2009 . The film was shot with amateur actors , partly from the documentary Babooska .


While searching for her runaway dog, Patti, an aging circus woman who lives in a trailer with her husband Walter, finds an abandoned two-year-old girl and decides to take care of her. With the help of Tairo, a teenager who lives with his grandmother in a neighboring container, Patti goes in search of the child's mother and temporarily gives the girl a new home.


Since it premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival , La Pivellina has screened at over 120 international film festivals (including Berlinale , Toronto , Karlovy Vary , New York, San Francisco ) and has received over 30 awards.

Awards (selection)

Prix ​​Europa Cinemas Label - Best European Film
Premio “Lino Miccichè” - Best feature film
Golden Gladiator for the best feature film
  • 2009 aug, Annecy Cinéma Italy
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 for the 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 Bellinzona
Premio “Ambiente e Salute: Qualità di Vita”
Grand Prix for Best Feature Film - Best Feature Film
Prix ​​Mademoiselle Ladubay Long Metrage - Best Actress (Patrizia Gerardi)
Grand Diagonale Prize for the 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

In October 2009, La Pivellina was the opening film of the Viennale .

The Austrian Film Commission nominated La Pivellina as an Austrian candidate for the award for best foreign language film at the 2011 Academy Awards . The film was not shortlisted. When the Austrian Film Prize was awarded in 2011 , nominations in the categories of director and editor followed.


  • Cinema can hardly be more beautiful. The daily mirror
  • It is a film, you have to put it that way, that goes to the heart. taz
  • The wonderful film La Pivellina Die Zeit
  • The fictional film is unlikely to be closer to life. cut
  • Moving, a film with great impact. The world
  • La Pivellina is a real little discovery with a big heart.
  • Great recommendation. Deutschlandfunk
  • Film meets reality.
  • There is no question that La Pivellina is part of a long cinema tradition that leads from the Dardenne brothers to Ettore Scola and Pier Paolo Pasolini directly back to Italian neorealism.
  • Welcome to the life of

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of release for La Pivellina . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , April 2010 (PDF; test number: 122 492 K).
  2. Age rating for La Pivellina . Youth Media Commission .
  3. Der Standard: Austrian candidate for Oscar nomination has been confirmed , September 7, 2010.