Vera lives in the shadow of her famous father. Tired of her superficial life and relationships, she drifts through Roman high society. When she injures a child in a traffic accident in the suburbs, she forms an intense relationship with an eight-year-old boy and his father. But soon she must realize that also in this world she is only an instrument for others.

Director's Statement

At the beginning of every idea for a film stands curiosity about the lives of others, and the attempt to understand what this life really looks like behind the facade. During filming, the real people remain real and at the same time they are transformed into fictional characters. And at the end of filming, even we no longer know what is true and what we have invented.

Director's Biography

Born in Bolzano in 1971, Tizza Covi lived in Paris and Berlin before studying photography in Vienna.

Rainer Frimmel, born in Vienna in 1971, also studied photography in Vienna.

Since 1996 they work together on films, theatre, photography. In 2002 they founded their own film production company Vento Film. They received numerous awards for their documentaries DAS IST ALLES and BABOOSKA, including the Wolfgang-Staudte Prize at the Berlinale. LA PIVELLINA, their first feature, was awarded the Europa Cinemas Label at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes and was Austria’s official entry for the Oscars 2011.

Their second feature film DER GLANZ DES TAGES (THE SHINE OF DAY, 2012) received the Silver Leopard for best actor in Locarno and the Max Ophüls Prize in Saarbrücken. Their third feature film MISTER UNIVERSO (2016) also premiered in Locarno where it received the Fipresci Award. Like all their films it was realised with non-professional actors and it was shot on Super 16mm film.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel

Written by: Tizza Covi

Produced by: Rainer Frimmel

Cinematography: Rainer Frimmel

Editing: Tizza Covi

Sound: Tizza Covi

Cast: Vera Gemma (Vera), Daniel de Palma (Daniel), Sebastian Dascalu (Manuel), Annamaria Ciancamerla (Nonna), Walter Saabel (Walter), Asia Argento (Asia)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2022