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Palermo Shooting (2008)

After the wild life-style of a famous young German photographer almost gets him killed, he goes to Palermo, Sicily to take a break. Can the beautiful city and a beautiful local woman help him calm himself down?

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Wim Wenders
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Campino Campino ... Finn
Inga Busch Inga Busch ... Karla
Axel Sichrovsky Axel Sichrovsky ... Hans
Gerhard Gutberlet Gerhard Gutberlet ... Gerhard
Harry Blain Harry Blain ... Harry
Sebastian Blomberg ... Julian
Jana Pallaske ... Student
Olivia Asiedu-Poku Olivia Asiedu-Poku ... Fan
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Lou Reed ... Himself
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Giuseppe Provinzano Giuseppe Provinzano ... Actor 1
Giuseppe Massa Giuseppe Massa ... Actor 2
Giovanna Mezzogiorno ... Flavia
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Storyline

Finn (Campino) is a successful shutterbug who leads a hectic life, gets precious little sleep, and doesn't go anywhere without his trusty headphones. One day, when Finn's life begins to unravel, he leaves Düsseldorf behind to find peace in Palermo. Just as the seeds for a new life are planted, however, a mysterious assassin comes gunning for Finn with a vengeance.

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Germany | France | Italy

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English | German | Italian

Release Date:

20 November 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Fotografies sto Palermo See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Wim Wenders re-edited the film after the Cannes Film Festival premiere and made it shorter. See more »

Goofs

In the scene, when Finn talks with lady photographer, they discuss the age of their cameras. He tells that his Plaubel is twenty years old and she tells that her Leica is 40 years old. Actually she has Leica M7, which slightly differs from older Leica cameras. This camera marketed only in 2002. See more »

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I liked it a lot
23 January 2009 | by johnpeterscaSee all my reviews

I can't add much to hpark5's fine comments (though I'd encourage him or her to make use of paragraph breaks) so I won't attempt a full review of Palermo Shooting. I will mention, however, that when I saw the film at the Berlin and Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco, it was received enthusiastically by an audience of over a thousand people in a packed theater.

Wim Wenders was present and answered questions after the film. The things he said were exceptionally thoughtful and responsive. Although his work may be uneven because of his willingness to take risks, I thought Palermo Shooting a major success. Wender's integration of the death theme with Palermo's ancient and decaying physical environment was especially impressive.

To me, the crucial moment of the film occurs when Finn, the photographer, asks Death what he can do for him. Death says that no one has asked him this before and that the only thing that he can do is to live well for the rest of his life.


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