“Babooska” is an episodic film that describes the daily struggle for survival of modern nomads in Italy. Over the period of one year it follows the young artist Babooska, who runs a travelling circus together with her family, on her odyssey through remote towns and villages: an unvarnished look behind the scenes of a microcosm on the fringe of society – beyond the usual stereotypes, without commentary, without interviews.

Both melancholic and humorous at the same time, the film describes not only the way of life of modern nomads – a way of life that is gradually dying out – but also the general human condition of being on the move, between a glorious past and an uncertain future, between doubt and the hope that life will always be like a full “modern, well-heated circus”.

Seven years after our first encounter with Babooska we began shooting this film. It shows seemingly unimportant anecdotes from her daily life, and at the same time attempts to cast a discerning gaze at the life of a modern circus girl.
– Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel



  • Wolfgang-Staudte-Preis (Berlinale)
  • Prix international de la Scam (Cinèma du Rèel)
  • Großer Diagonale Preis für den besten österreichischen
  • Dokumentarfilm 2005/06 (Diagonale Graz)
  • Publikumspreis der Stadt Bozen (Bozner Filmtage)
  • Special Mention (Int. Filmfestival Alba)
  • Special Mention (Doclisboa)
  • Nominierung Goldener Kader für beste Kamera im Dokumentarfilm (AAC)
  • Bester italienischer Dokumentarfilm (Festival dei Popoli, Florenz)


Viennale 05
Berlinale – 56. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin 06
Paris – Cinéma du réel 06
Diagonale Graz 06
Alba International Film Festival 06
Bozner Filmtage 06
Cannes – Selection of ACID 06
Österreichische Filmwoche Buenos Aires 06
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival 06
Hot Docs – International Documentary Film Festival Toronto 06
Los Angeles Film Festival 06
Lagow Film Festival 06
The Times BFI Film Festival London 06
Haifa International Film Festival 06
Doclisboa 06
EU – Filmfestival Mexico City 06
DOCSDF – International Documentary Cinema Festival Mexico City 06
Medimed Sitges 06
Taiwan Women Make Waves Film Festival 06
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 06
Morelia International Film Festival 06
Duisburger Filmwoche 06
Florenz – Festival dei Popoli 06
New York – Doc Fortnight Festival, The Museum of Modern Art 07


Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel


Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel


Babooska Gerardi, Michele Pellegrini,
Azzurra Gerardi, Marina de Vincentis,
Ciccio Gerardi, Patrizia Gerardi, Walter Saabel


Rainer Frimmel


Rainer Frimmel


Tizza Covi


Tizza Covi


Bundeskanzleramt Kunst – Innovative Film,
Südtiroler Landesregierung


A/I 2005 | 100 min | 35 mm | 1:1,66 | Dolby SR