Palermo Shooting

Palermo Shooting is a 2008 film written and directed by German director Wim Wenders, and starring Campino, Dennis Hopper, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Lou Reed as himself, and an uncredited Milla Jovovich, also playing herself. It was screened at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

Palermo Shooting
German DVD cover
Directed byWim Wenders
Produced byGian-Piero Ringel
Wim Wenders
Written byWim Wenders
Norman Ohler
Bernd Lange
Giovanna Mezzogiorno
Dennis Hopper
Music byIrmin Schmidt
CinematographyFranz Lustig
Edited byPeter Przygodda
Oli Weiss
Neue Road Movies
Distributed bySenator Film
Release date
  • 24 May 2008 (Cannes)
  • 20 November 2008 (Germany)
Running time
124 minutes


A German photographer named Finn (Campino) comes to Palermo because he needs to make a clean break from his past. In the city, he meets a young woman named Flavia (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and a completely different way of life.


  • Campino as Finn
  • Inga Busch as Karla
  • Axel Sichrovsky as Hans
  • Gerhard Gutberlet as Gerhard
  • Harry Blain as Harry
  • Sebastian Blomberg as Julian
  • Jana Pallaske as Student
  • Olivia Asiedu-Poku as Fan
  • Melika Foroutan as Anke
  • Anna Orso as Mother
  • Lou Reed as himself
  • Udo Samel as Banker
  • Giuseppe Provinzano as Actor 1
  • Giuseppe Massa as Actor 2
  • Giovanna Mezzogiorno as Flavia
  • Patrizia Schiavone as Market woman
  • Letizia Battaglia as Photographer
  • Alessandro Dieli as Doctor
  • Carmelo Billitteri as Doorman
  • Dennis Hopper as Frank
  • Milla Jovovich as herself


The film is the first one directed by Wenders in his hometown, Düsseldorf.[1] Filming also took place in the nearby cities of Essen and Neuss as well as Palermo and other areas of Sicily.


The film's original soundtrack includes songs from Beirut, Jason Collett, Portishead, Calexico, and Iron & Wine. It also features exclusive tracks from Grinderman, Bonnie Prince Billy, Matt Sweeney, and Sibylle Baier.[2]

1."Dream (Song for Finn)"Grinderman4:06
2."Busy Hope"Get Well Soon3:11
3."The Rip"Portishead4:29
4."Bei Flavia I"Irmin Schmidt1:32
5."Freedom Hangs Like Heaven"Iron & Wine3:59
6."It's a Departure"The Long Winters3:04
7."The Black Light"Calexico3:21
8."Some Kinda Love"The Velvet Underground3:39
9."Beds in the East"Thom4:19
10."Fresko"Irmin Schmidt3:33
11."Postcards from Italy"Beirut4:16
12."Quello Che Non Ho"Fabrizio De André5:06
13."We All Lose One Another"Jason Collett4:20
14."Torn and Brayed"Bonnie Prince Billy & Matt Sweeney3:19
15."My Impropriety"Monta3:51
16."Let Us Know"Sibylle Baier3:02
17."Bei Flavia II"Irmin Schmidt1:39
18."Quannu Moru"Rosa Balistreri3:04
19."Song for Frank"Grinderman3:14
20."Mysteries"Beth Gibbons & Rustin' Man4:38
21."Good Friday"Get Well Soon4:45


Festival de Cannes 24 mai 2008
Hopper, Mezzogiorno, Wenders, and Jovovich at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.

On 24 May 2008, the film was screened at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

The film was released in Germany on 20 November 2008. The film had its U.S. premiere on 20 January 2009 at the Berlin and Beyond film festival at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

The closing titles contain a dedication to two directors dead the same day, July 30 2007, Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni, while filming was underway.


Peter Brunette of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film an unfavorable review, saying, "Every time the film goes philosophical on us, the resulting dialogue is sententious and banal."[4] Todd McCarthy of Variety said, "Although she can’t save the film from its own silliness, Mezzogiorno does provide a gravity and legitimacy of her own, as her mesmerizing eyes and her excellent delivery in English make a dramatic highlight out of a monologue about a personal tragedy, as well as showing up Campino for the non-actor he is."[5]

At the 2009 Sofia International Film Festival, the film won the Bourgas Municipality prize.[6]


  1. ^ "Press release" (PDF). Cannes Festival. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  2. ^ Hughes, Josiah (31 July 2009). "Wim Wenders Gets Exclusive Tracks from Grinderman, Bonnie "Prince" Billy & Matt Sweeney for Palermo Shooting Soundtrack". Exclaim!. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  3. ^ "German director Wim Wenders (C) poses with US actor Dennis Hopper (L)". ABC News. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  4. ^ Brunette, Peter (23 May 2008). "The Palermo Shooting". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  5. ^ McCarthy, Todd (25 May 2008). "Palermo Shooting". Variety. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  6. ^ ""The Voice of the Audience" – A Pallette of Various Cinematographies". Sofia International Film Festival. 30 March 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2017.

External links

2008 Cannes Film Festival

The 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 14 to 25 May 2008. The President of the Official Jury was American actor and director Sean Penn. Twenty two films from fourteen countries were selected to compete for the Palme d'Or. The awards were announced on 24 May. The film The Class (Entre les murs), directed by Laurent Cantet won the Palme d'Or.The festival opened with Blindness, directed by Fernando Meirelles and closed with What Just Happened, directed by Barry Levinson. Édouard Baer was the master of ceremonies. Hunger, directed by Steve McQueen, opened the Un Certain Regard section.The British press reported the list of films in competition this year was notable for its absence of British films for the second successive year. In addition to films selected for competition this year, major Hollywood productions such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Kung Fu Panda had their world premieres at the festival.

Campino (singer)

Campino (born Andreas Frege, 22 June 1962) is a German-British singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known as the lead vocalist of Die Toten Hosen, a German punk rock band.

Dennis Hopper

Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American actor, director, writer, film editor, photographer and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, made his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and Giant (1956). In the next ten years he made a name in television, and by the end of the 1960s had appeared in several films. Hopper also began a prolific and acclaimed photography career in the 1960s.Hopper made his directorial film debut with Easy Rider (1969), which he and co-star Peter Fonda wrote with Terry Southern. The film earned Hopper a Cannes Film Festival Award for "Best First Work" and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (shared with Fonda and Southern). Journalist Ann Hornaday wrote: "With its portrait of counterculture heroes raising their middle fingers to the uptight middle-class hypocrisies, Easy Rider became the cinematic symbol of the 1960s, a celluloid anthem to freedom, macho bravado and anti-establishment rebellion". Film critic Matthew Hays wrote "no other persona better signifies the lost idealism of the 1960s than that of Dennis Hopper".He worked on various small projects until he found new fame for his role as the American photojournalist in Apocalypse Now (1979). He went on to helm his third directorial work Out of the Blue (1980), for which he was again honored at Cannes, and appeared in Rumble Fish (1983) and The Osterman Weekend (1983). He saw a career resurgence in 1986 when he was widely acclaimed for his performances in Blue Velvet and Hoosiers, the latter of which saw him nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His fourth directorial outing came about through Colors (1988), followed by an Emmy-nominated lead performance in Paris Trout (1991). Hopper found greater fame for portraying the villains of the films Super Mario Bros. (1993), Speed (1994) and Waterworld (1995).

Hopper's later work included a leading role in the short-lived television series Crash (2008–2009), inspired by the film of the same name. He appeared in three films released posthumously: Alpha and Omega (2010), The Last Film Festival (2016) and the long-delayed The Other Side of the Wind (2018), which had been filmed in the early 1970s.

Get Well Soon (band)

Get Well Soon is a music and band project of the German singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Konstantin Gropper. He has released six albums and a number of EPs and singles.

Gian-Piero Ringel

Gian-Piero Ringel (born 1976 in Göppingen, Baden-Württemberg) is a German producer.

Gian-Piero Ringel studied film production at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). Together with Wim Wenders he founded Neue Road Movies Inc. in 2008.

In 2006, his first production The Measure of Things was a nominee for the Student Academy Awards. Later that year, he went on to produce Angela Schanelec's feature film Afternoon and began working as a producer for Wim Wenders's film The Palermo Shooting, which premiered at the official selection of the Festival de Cannes 2008. In 2009, he produced Angela Schanelec's feature film Orly, a co-production with the Paris-based company La Vie Est Belle, that premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010. In addition, Ringel produced Wenders's 3D dance film Pina, a co-production with Claudie Ossard and her company Eurowide Film Production, Paris. Pina premiered out of competition in the official selection of the Berlinale 2011 and has since been awarded numerous prizes, including the German Film Award 2011 and the European Film Award 2011 for Best Documentary. The same year, Ringel was chosen as a “Producer on the Move” and co-produced the film Wolf by Bogdan Mustata.

In 2012, Ringel was a member of the Berlinale jury for the award “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship”. In addition, he has been a nominee for the BAFTA award in the category Best Film not in the English Language and the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Feature).

Ringel is managing director and partner of Neue Road Movies, a member of the European producers’ network EAVE and member of the German and European Film Academy.

Giovanna Mezzogiorno

Giovanna Mezzogiorno (born 9 November 1974) is an Italian theatre and film actress.


Grinderman was an Australian-British rock band that formed in London, England, in 2006. Since its inception, the band included Nick Cave (vocals, guitar, organ, piano), Warren Ellis (tenor guitar, electric mandolin, violin, viola, guitar, backing vocals), Martyn P. Casey (bass, guitar, backing vocals) and Jim Sclavunos (drums, percussion, backing vocals).

Formed as a side project to Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the band was originally known as Mini Seeds and was formed by Cave as "a way to escape the weight of The Bad Seeds." The band's name was inspired by a Memphis Slim song, "Grinder Man Blues," which Cave is noted to have started singing during one of the band's early rehearsal sessions. The band's eponymous debut studio album, Grinderman, was released in 2007 to extremely positive reviews and the band's second and final studio album, Grinderman 2, was released in 2010 to a similar reception.

Following extensive touring after the release of Grinderman 2, Grinderman disbanded after a performance at the Meredith Music Festival in Victoria, Australia in December 2011. The band split up in order to focus on The Bad Seeds’ upcoming material. However, Jim Sclavunos later said: "I can't predict what the future of Grinderman is – if there is a future." The band reunited for a one-off performance at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California in April 2013.

HanWay Films

HanWay Films is an independent British international sales, distribution and marketing company specializing in theatrical feature films.

Irmin Schmidt

Irmin Schmidt (born 29 May 1937) is a German keyboardist and composer, best known as a founding member of the band Can.

Jana Pallaske

Jana Pallaske (born 20 May 1979) is a German actress and singer for the rock band Spitting Off Tall Buildings.

Lou Reed

Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was the lead guitarist, singer and principal songwriter for the rock band the Velvet Underground and also had a solo career that spanned five decades. The Velvet Underground were not a commercial success during their existence, but are now regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of popular music.

After leaving the band in 1970, Reed released twenty solo studio albums. His second, Transformer (1972), was produced by David Bowie and arranged by Mick Ronson, and brought mainstream recognition. After Transformer, the less commercial Berlin reached No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart. Rock n Roll Animal (a live album released in 1974) sold strongly, and Sally Can't Dance (1974) peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200; but for a long period after, Reed's work did not translate into sales, leading him deeper into drug addiction and alcoholism. Reed cleaned up in the early 1980s, and gradually returned to prominence with New Sensations (1984), reaching a critical and commercial career peak with his 1989 album New York.

Reed participated in the reformation of the Velvet Underground in the 1990s, and made several more albums, including a collaboration album with John Cale titled Songs for Drella which was a tribute to their former mentor Andy Warhol. 1992's Magic and Loss would become Reed's highest-charting album on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at No. 6.

He contributed music to two theatrical interpretations of 19th century writers, one of which he developed into an album titled The Raven. He married his third wife Laurie Anderson in 2008, and recorded the collaboration album Lulu with Metallica. He died in 2013 of liver disease. Reed's distinctive deadpan voice, poetic lyrics and experimental guitar playing were trademarks throughout his long career.

Melika Foroutan

Melika Foroutan (born 1976 in Tehran, Iran) is a German-Iranian actress.

Milla Jovovich

Milica Bogdanovna "Milla" Jovovich ( YOH-və-vitch; born December 17, 1975) is an American actress, model and musician. Her starring roles in numerous science fiction and action films led the music channel VH1 to deem her the "reigning queen of kick-butt" in 2006. In 2004, Forbes determined that she was the highest-paid model in the world.Born in Kiev, in the USSR, Jovovich emigrated with her parents to London when she was five, and then to Sacramento, California; she finally settled in Los Angeles seven months later. In 1987, at the age of 12, she began modeling when Herb Ritts photographed her for the cover of the Italian magazine Lei. Richard Avedon featured her in Revlon's "Most Unforgettable Women in the World" advertisements. In 1988, Jovovich made her screen debut on the television film The Night Train to Kathmandu and appeared in her first feature film Two Moon Junction.

Jovovich gained attention for her role in the 1991 romance film Return to the Blue Lagoon, as she was then only 15. She was considered to have a breakthrough with her role in the 1997 French science-fiction film The Fifth Element, written and directed by Luc Besson. She and Besson married that year, but soon divorced. She starred as the heroine and martyr in Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999). Between 2002 and 2016, Jovovich portrayed Alice in the science fiction horror film franchise Resident Evil, which became the highest-grossing film series to be based on video games.Jovovich released a debut album, The Divine Comedy, in 1994, and a follow-up, The People Tree Sessions, in 1998. She continues to release demos for other songs on her official website and frequently contributes to film soundtracks. In 2003, she and model Carmen Hawk created the clothing line Jovovich-Hawk, which ran until 2008. Jovovich has her own production company, Creature Entertainment.

Norman Ohler

Norman Ohler (born 1970) is a German New York Times bestselling author, novelist and screenwriter, best known for his book Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany, which has been published in over 25 languages.

Out of Season (album)

Out of Season is a studio album by Portishead frontwoman Beth Gibbons and former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb (under the pseudonym Rustin Man). It was released on 28 October 2002 in the United Kingdom and on 7 October 2003 in the United States. Out of Season is largely a folk album with jazz leanings, with Gibbons and Webb drawing more directly on the influences of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Nick Drake, at which Portishead's work in trip hop only hinted. Out of Season also features contributions from Gibbons' fellow Portishead bandmate Adrian Utley and Webb's former bandmate Lee Harris. The first track of the album, "Mysteries", appears on the original soundtrack of the French movie Les Poupées Russes (The Russian Dolls) and in Wim Wenders' Palermo Shooting from 2008. The album achieved a silver certification from the BPI.

Peter Przygodda

Peter Przygodda (26 October 1941 – 2 October 2011) was a German filmmaker, best known for editing Wim Wenders' films. Przygodda died of cancer, aged 69, in 2011.

René Tinner

René Tinner (born February 18, 1953 in St. Gallen) is a Swiss recording engineer and producer, who has produced over 200 studio records and numerous live performances.

Sibylle Baier

Sibylle Baier (born 25 February 1955) is a German folk singer and actress whose musical abilities achieved belated recognition with the 2006 release of the album Colour Green, compiled from songs she had recorded in the early 1970s.

Wim Wenders

Ernst Wilhelm "Wim" Wenders (German: [vɪm vɛndɐs]; born 14 August 1945) is a German filmmaker, playwright, author, and photographer. He is a major figure in New German Cinema. Among many honors, he has received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature: for Buena Vista Social Club (1999), about Cuban music culture; Pina (2011), about the contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch; and The Salt of the Earth (2014), about Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado.

One of Wenders' earliest honors was a win for the BAFTA Award for Best Direction for his narrative drama Paris, Texas (1984), which also won the Palme d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. Many of his subsequent films have also been recognized at Cannes, including Wings of Desire (1987), for which Wenders won the Best Director Award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.

Wenders has been the president of the European Film Academy in Berlin since 1996. Alongside filmmaking, he is an active photographer, emphasizing images of desolate landscapes. He is considered to be an auteur director.

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