Born in Bolzano in 1971, Tizza Covi lived in Paris and Berlin before studying photography in Vienna. After finishing her studies she went to Rome where she worked as a photographer. Rainer Frimmel, born in Vienna in 1971, also studied photography. In 2002 Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel founded their film production company Vento Film to be able to produce their films independently. They won several awards for their documentaries, including the Wolfgang Staudte Award at the Berlinale for Babooska. La Pivellina is their first feature film.