Drama funded by local entities

ROME — Wim Wenders will shoot a Palermo, Italy-set drama, marking the Teutonic helmer’s return to feature filmmaking in a European setting after more than a decade.

Low-budget drama financed by the Sicilian regional fund, with coin from other local entities, will be in a somewhat similar vein to Wenders’ “Lisbon Story,” which started out as a promotional documentary commissioned by the Portuguese capital.

“I want Palermo to tell me its story,” said Wenders, announcing the as-yet-untitled project in the Sicilian capital, where he is scouting locations.

“The film will certainly have locals in it, but also a foreign actor, who can experience it not as a citizen, but as a visitor,” he added.

Wenders told Daily Variety he still has not completed the screenplay for the pic, which is expected to begin principal photography this fall.

Drama is said to revolve around a man from Berlin prompted by a mid-life crisis to travel to Palermo, where he meets a young woman from a totally different background who radically changes his outlook on life.

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