Film Info: Palermo fluestert

Palermo Whispers (Palermo fluestert)

Palermo Whispers

Mimmo is a poet who learned to write while in exile. His father was a "boss" and, as a child, Mimmo repeatedly witnessed violence and murder in Palermo. But he didn't want to remain silent. The only "accomplice" he had to his conscience was a blank sheet of paper, to which he held firmly. When his family discovered his writings, his only choice was to either be killed as a witness or sent away in exile. His father guaranteed his son's silence to the "organization" - but Mimmo was not to return until his father's death, twenty years later.

The re-encounter and reconciliation with his history-laden hometown - Palermo - "before which the sea stretches out like a carpet that leads to paradise and covers all the violence with gentleness" - is Mimmo's last trip to this fascinating city and a breathtaking trip to the world's most exciting island.


Wolf Gaudlitz was born in Bavaria and spent his childhood there, as well as in Palermo, Lisbon and other parts of the world. He has worked in various capacities, including as an actor, in Italy with Federico Fellini, in Korea with Im Kwon-Taek, and in Germany with Wolfgang Petersen and Michael Verhoeven, among others, and has received several prizes and awards. On the occasion of various retrospectives of his films, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung wrote: "Gaudlitz makes the kind of European cinema of which others can only dream." His films include: DER VIOLINCELLIST, DAS MOSAIK UND FASETTENAUGE, FLUCH(T) AUS DEM CHAOS, WINTERANFANG, AUS EINEM DEUTSCHEN REQUIEM (shorts, 1983), MOTIVSUCHE FÜR EIN DEUTSCHLANDPORTRAIT (TV, 1984), BALLATA BALLARÓ (TV, 1985), L'OPÉRA ODER MUSIK ENTSTEHT AUS DER STILLE (1986), DIE VÄTER DES NARDINO (1989), BLAUE WÜSTE (1992), GEZÄHLTE TAGE (1993), TAXI LISBOA (1996), PALERMO SCHREIT NICHT (TV, 1999), PALERMO WHISPERS (PALERMO FLÜSTERT, 2001), and SAHARA SALAAM (2014).
Genre Adventure, Art, Literature
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Wolf Gaudlitz
Screenplay Wolf Gaudlitz
Cinematography Carolin Dassel, Gerardo Milsztein, Matthias Fuchs
André Bendocchi-Alves
Toti Basso
Mimma Pinsino, Roberto Lo Sciuto
Cast Donatella Febraro, Toti Palma, Giuseppe La Licata, Sergio Lo Verde, Simone Genovese, Francesco Di Gangi, Mimmo Cuticchio, Roberto Lo Sciuto, Leoluca Orlando
Producer Wolf Gaudlitz
Production Company Solo Film Verleih/Munich, in co-production with ZDF/Mainz, ARTE/Strasbourg, Cultural Commission of the City of Palermo
Length 89 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Dubbed Versions English, French, German
Original Version
 Italian
Subtitled Versions English, French, German, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Dolby SR
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Solo Film Verleih/Munich