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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?


Wim Wenders
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »




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
Melika Foroutan ... Anke
Anna Orso Anna Orso ... Mother
Lou Reed ... Self
Udo Samel ... Banker
Giuseppe Provinzano Giuseppe Provinzano ... Actor 1
Giuseppe Massa Giuseppe Massa ... Actor 2
Giovanna Mezzogiorno ... Flavia


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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The film marks the first time that Director Wenders shot a movie in his hometown, Düsseldorf. See more »


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 »


References Blow-Up (1966) See more »


We All Lose One Another
Written and Performed by Jason Collett
Published by Arts&Crafts Music
Courtesy of Arts&Crafts Productions 2005 / City Slang
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Stylish Trip-to-Italy Film a Hidden Gem
6 December 2019 | by lester-alfonsoSee all my reviews

A big-budget feature film version of a mixtape: the conceit of letting the audience hear what the protagonist's personal playlist sounds like in their head when they wear their earbuds was executed very well by the seemingly arbitrary song selection to juxtapose with the action. It never felt like a "music video" yet this film has the look and all the trappings. I've been a fan of Wim Wenders for a long time but I somehow missed this one on its first release. The dream sequences are quite unique and effective; this film is Wenders as a cinema stylist. The film has an advertising gloss with the kind of patchwork of collage. I had no expectations coming into the film but I knew that I wasn't in the mood for anything intense. I got want I wanted. It's a visually stunning but understated trip-to-Italy film and I felt like I discovered a hidden gem. A must for any fan of Lou Reed; a decade later perhaps it's time to re-watch Palermo Shooting.

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20 November 2008 (Germany) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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