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Palermo Shooting

Wim Wenders
Germany, France, Italy 2008 / 124’

Another road movie by the German master. The main character is a popular photographer, who leads a hedonist life in a big city. He has everything he wants, but apparently misses something and he is emotionally burnt-out. When he miraculously avoids a serious accident, he decides to change everything and, inspired by the name of a passing barge, he leaves for Palermo of title. There, he confronts death once again and meets an extraordinary woman.

Summarising films by Wenders, including Palermo Shooting, is pointless - the important things are set outside the plot: in dialogues, often touching on the most important issues, as in Kieślowski's works; in carefully selected music (e.g. Nick Cave, Beirut, Tom Waits, Portishead) which is a commentary to the plot and sets atmosphere;in impressive cinematography; and finally in the atmosphere of lazy wandering through a chaotic city, searching for views to be photographed, enjoying each moment. Palermo Shooting reminds one of Lisbon Story, being a sort of variation on issues dealt with in that film. But here there are eschatological motifs, which had never been present in so literal a form in Wenders's films before, including the unusual scene of conversation with... Death.

Jan Topolski

Wim Wenders

Was born in 1945 in Düsseldorf. He studied medicine, philosophy and directing in Munich. He admires Yasujirō Ozu, Nicholas Ray and American road movies, one of the greatest contemporary directors, currently the President of the European Film Academy. He directed films which were icons for many generations, e.g. the treatise on love and immortality, Wings of Desire and Buena Vista Social Club, pulsating with Cuban music. He has won many awards in Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Locarno.

Selected filmography:

1974 Alice in der Städten / Alice in the Cities

1976 Im Lauf der Zeit / Kings of the Road

1984 Paris, Texas

1987 Der Himmel über Berlin / Wings of Deisre

1994 Lisbon Story

1997 Am Ende der Gewalt / The End of Violence

1999 Buena Vista Social Club

2005 Don't Come Knocking

2008 Palermo Shooting

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