Palermo Shooting

Synopsis: 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?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Wim Wenders
Production: Senator Film
  1 win & 2 nominations.
124 min

What day is it?

I don't have a clue.

Time never used to go by this way...

As a child,

you felt things differently.

Everything lasted so marvelously long!

But now...

I don't sleep much anymore.

As soon as I fall into a dream,

I wake up with a start.

As if every sleep was a "little death".

You can do it!

Don't think about it, just do it!

Take a deep breath...

And then jump!



and three!

It worked last time.

You're lucky

if you learned to swim as a kid.

It'll spare you some embarrassment.

My Mom's fault!

She was afraid of water.

So I was, too...

Never was a problem then. But now it is.

How's it going, boys?

This one is coming along.

In the foreground, left and right,

we added a couple of buildings.

It makes it more dense.

Back here

we added some more floors.

Here, too.

And the horizon is more distant

and more multi-layered.

We've selected a couple of skies, too.

No, I have another idea for the sky.


time has to come into play here.

We'll put the sunrise from

the first series on the left.

The Arizona clouds in the middle

and on the right,

the sunset we put aside once.

From Western Australia?

That one. Exactly.

Pay attention to all the details.

The balcony glass

has to reflect the morning sun.

And the pool should reflect the clouds.


But here's the best part:

From here on,

right down into the city,

it should gradually turn to night.

You can stay in the house, Frances,

but not forever.

We never agreed on that.

You were the one who suggested it!

You can't just throw me out!

I have as much right to it as you do!

It's not my problem any more.

That's what lawyers are for.

Good night.

Frances is driving me crazy.

Don't get drawn into it!

Don't be so nice.

It won't work with her.

Throw her out, cut off her money!

She is such a b*tch!

That won't make it better.

It's me. So?

Are you ready?

I can't tonight, Sylvie.

We'll have to postpone.

I have to work all night.

I know.

I'm really sorry.

I was looking forward to seeing you.

It's been like that for a while.

You don't give a sh*t any more.

We'll spend

a great week-end together soon.

- When would that be?

- It's a promise. Don't be angry.

I think of you. Bye!

Who was that?


Come, let's mingle with the crowd!

We need to talk

about tenants for your "Cube."

You can't leave it empty so long.

Three galleries have called.

By the way...

I changed the code to 4712.

You idiot.

In case you need the office again...

It's not cool

that you live in the place yourself now.

It won't be for long.

I can't sleep anyway.

You should try it.

It feels like lost time.

How often do I stand here

and look down at the river?

Yesterday, day before yesterday,

today, tomorrow,

all like and the same endless day!

Money's growing on trees again.

Photography's booming.

But you have to be careful.

The fashion shoots will ruin

your standing with the museums.

- Did Harry tell you that?

- No. I am telling you.

Julian, you're up early.

We'll say hi to Milla.

UFOs farther left!

Come forward, Mars man!

Hans! Go tell him!

Don't just stand around!

The whole boat! More dynamic!

Stay out of this!

Water, water.

Reflector up!

When should we do it?

No, today is bad.

Hand off the support, please!

It'll have to do!

Don't forget

that you're still in the frame!

Steelworker, come closer.

Keep it quiet!

You're not the only ones

who want to go home, yeah?

So you think

I should work on it even more?


Then it might become a real image.

That's enough about our photos,

and your opinions of them.

Now it's my turn.

I want to tell you

what bothers me about your work.

Fire away.

You found my picture so "empty."

I'd like to know what you feel

is "under the surface" here.


Things are nothing but surface.

It's not hard to understand.

If there's nothing to unveil,

we don't need to photograph!

We don't need to do a thing.

We may as well just get drunk

and wait for our retirement.

Or better yet, just die.

This is still too sharp.

So Paolo is hazier.

We haven't adjusted the contrast yet.

Get a move on!

Can I take a picture of us?

Can I have an autograph?

What's your name?

I could be dead now.

But I'm not.

I could feel twice as alive.

But I don't.

I have such a yearning

for things to change!

Everything, if you ask me...

How do you know you're dead?

When you don't dream any more?

Or when all you do is dream?

Lovely, isn't it?

The Rhine.

The meadows.

The morning.

Are those your sheep?

These? Oh no.

I am only a temporary keeper.

And the old man?

Did he stop?

He's sleeping it off...

And I pay him well for it.

You pay to do his work?

Of course.

I'm an early riser anyway.

The Tokyo stock exchange!

The dog does all the work.

I just walk along.

Why do you do it?


For the peace of mind, or what?

I enjoy how time passes.

And how does it pass?


Very slowly...

It all depends on how much time

you give yourself to sense time.

I tell you,

we can slow time down.

Time doesn't care about us.

Look at my tree.

I've known it since I was five.

How can you slow it down?

Don't you ever imagine things

that you believe

will happen again?

I don't want to be nosey,

but have you ever

lost someone close to you?

My mother.

I'm sorry.

Your mother...


It comes from Greek.

It was originally called "Panormos."

"Great harbor."

Did you ever imagine

how it was for your mother

to see her house for the last time?

Her last time at the hairdresser?

There is always a last time, eventually.

But we don't usually know.

So you need to do everything

as though it were the last time.

My last morning with the sheep.

The last stranger I look in the eye.

Your tear just now,

the last I'll ever see.

You have to take everything

dead seriously.

Just not yourself!

Take care!

Of course Milla will come.

She wanted it!

You have to tell her right away.

How can we organize it so fast?

Do you want to take the whole team?

No, no big team.

An assistant, make-up, stylist.

- How can I get you all on a flight?

- Harry's plane.

- Ask him to loan it to us for a day.

- I'm not sure we can.

Harry shares the plane.

Does it have to be now?

Yes. This afternoon... to Palermo.


Giovanni has all the connections.

Let him organize it.

Any idea where you want

to do the shoot?

No, I was never there.

I'm just checking some pictures.

What's missing?

What's missing in my life is...

What is missing, anyway?

Pack everything up

and fly back as soon as you can.

"23 calls in your absence"

When was I really present lately?

Actually "there"?

Take it from me:

it's a shitty feeling when

everything falls apart all of a sudden.

Don't move.

Do you mind if...

...if I finish my drawing?


"Little Hans went alone..."

Julian! How's it going?

Good. You on vacation?

The new photos of Milla are great!

They bought them, but did you

need to go all the way to Palermo?

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Wim Wenders

Ernst Wilhelm "Wim" Wenders (German: [vɪm vɛndɐs]; born 14 August 1945) is a German filmmaker, playwright, author, photographer, and 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. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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