Script: Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel
Photography: Rainer Frimmel
Editing: Tizza Covi
Sound: Tizza CoviVento
Color: Colour
Language: Italian

Babooska is a twenty-year-old circus performer, and she and her family run a small circus, which tours through northern Italy. The film's protagonists are accompanied by cold and fog. They spend their free time walking on vacated beaches and the empty streets of towns, outside the tourist season, or in front of the television in the cramped space of their trailer house. _ The filmmakers present a picture of everyday bleakness, in which the life of a clown and his family loses every trace of romanticism. On the periphery of circus life we are witness to quarrels in the parking lot, a dispute about official authorisation, anxiety about falling attendance. _ At the age of thirteen, Babooska became involved in a relationship with a man that has continued to date; her only wish in the future is to continue the work of her parents. She has no expectations of change; she sees her future in the circus, where the insecurity of place is balanced by the security of the caravan. _ The film's creators spent almost a year with the family. The sense of intimacy derives from observation and the close contact of the camera and the body make it possible to convey everyday events to viewers. The material, which centres on individual situations, was acquired through patience and sensitivity to the rhythm of events. _ Shot by an Austrian director and an Italian director, the melancholy film traces the life of modern nomads. Their wandering is a journey with an uncertain future, led on by the dream that life could one day be as beautiful as a modern and well-heated circus.

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Festival edition: 2006
Sections: Between the Seas
Exhibition format: BetaSP PAL
Subtitle languages: English


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