Film Info: Palermo Shooting

Palermo Shooting

Palermo Shooting
Scene from "Palermo Shooting" (photo © Donata Wenders/2008 Neue Road Movies GmbH)

As a successful photographer of world-wide renown, Finn leads a life that is as prominent as it is hectic. He gets by with very little sleep, his cell phone is never still, and the music from his headphones is his most constant companion. But when his life suddenly spins out of control, Finn takes off and leaves everything behind. His journey leads him from Duesseldorf to Palermo. There he finds himself persecuted by a mysterious shooter who’s after him with a vengeance. At the same time a whole new life is beginning for Finn. And a great love...


Wim Wenders was born in Düsseldorf in 1945. After discovering his love for cinema in Paris, he attended film school in Munich from 1967-1970. Also active as a photographer and writer, he has made more than 50 films since 1971 all over the world. A selection of his acclaimed films includes: THE GOALKEEPER'S FEAR OF THE PENALTY (1971), ALICE IN THE CITIES (1973), IN THE COURSE OF TIME (1976), THE AMERICAN FRIEND (1977), HAMMETT (1982), THE STATE OF THINGS (1982), PARIS, TEXAS (1984), WINGS OF DESIRE (1987), UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD (1991), FARAWAY, SO CLOSE! (1993), LISBON STORY (1994), THE END OF VIOLENCE (1997), BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (1998), THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL (2000), THE SOUL OF A MAN (2003), LAND OF PLENTY (2004), DON'T COME KNOCKING (2005), PALERMO SHOOTING (2008), PINA (2011), CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE (2013), THE SALT OF THE EARTH (2014), and EVERY THING WILL BE FINE (2015).
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Wim Wenders
Screenplay Wim Wenders
Cinematography Franz Lustig
Peter Przygodda
Irmin Schmidt
Sebastian Soukop
Cast Lou Reed, Udo Samel, Letizia Battaglia, Alessandro Dieli, Giovanni Sollima, Sebastian Blomberg, Gerhard Gutberlet, Axel Sichrovsky, Campino, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Dennis Hopper, Inga Busch, Jana Pallaske
Producers Peter Schwartzkopff, Jeremy Thomas, Wim Wenders, Gian-Piero Ringel
Production Company Neue Road Movies/Berlin, in co-production with ARTE France Cinéma/Paris, ZDF/Mainz, in cooperation with Pictorion DAS WERK/Duesseldorf
Length 124 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Italian/English
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Cannes 2008 (In Competition), Sao Paulo 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MEDIA, AAPIT Provincia Regionale di Palermo, POR La Regione Siciliana
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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