This Must Be The Place

by Paolo Sorrentino

  • Film
  • Production year 2011
  • Length 120’ min.
  • Format 35mm


Cheyenne is a fifty-year-old Jewish rock star – goth music, red lipstick, white makeup – who has quit the scene. He lives a very cushy life in Dublin, plagued by boredom which he tends to see as slight depression. He leads the life of a man who has retired early. The death of his father, with whom he had not been on speaking terms for some time, takes him back to New York. Here he reads some diaries, which enable him to bring into focus the last thirty years of his father’s life. Years spent obsessively searching for a Nazi criminal who had taken refuge in the United States. With implacable slowness and no talent for investigating, Cheyenne decides, quite illogically, to continue his father’s research and to set off across the United States to track down a ninety-year-old German who has probably already died of old age.


Director Paolo Sorrentino
Story by Paolo Sorrentino
Screenplay Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello
Cinematography Luca Bigazzi
Production Designer Stefania Cella
Editor Cristiano Travaglioli
Music David Byrne
Lyrics Will Oldham
Costume Designer Karen Patch
Sound Designer Srdjan Kurpjel
Art Director Irene O'brien
Assistant Director Davide Bertoni
Casting Laura Rosenthal, Maureen Hughes
Hair Kim Santantonio
Make-Up Luisa Abel
Producers Nicola Giuliano, Andrea Occhipinti, Francesca Cima, Medusa Film
Co-Producers Michele&Laurent Petin, Ed Guiney and Andrew Lowe
International Sales Pathé


Sean Penn
Judd Hirsh
Eve Hewson
Kerry Condon
Harry Dean Stanton
Joyce Van Patten
David Byrne
Olwen Fouere
Shea Whigham
Liron Levo
Heinz Lieven
Simon Delaney
and with
Frances Mcdormand


Cannes Film Festival Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Ciak d'Oro Best Picture, Best Poster (Laurent Lufroy), Best Cinematography (Luca Bigazzi), Best Production Design (Stefania Cella)
Nastri d’Argento Best Director of the Best Picture (Paolo Sorrentino), Best Cinematography (Luca Bigazzi), Best Production Design (Stefania Cella)
David di Donatello Best Screenplay (Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello), Best Cinematography (Luca Bigazzi), Best Make-Up (Luisa Abel), Best Hair (Kim Santantonio), Best Music (David Byrne), Best Original Song (Will Oldham, David Byrne)
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64 Cannes International Film Festival
Zurich Film Festival
Festival du Cinéma Italien d'Ajaccio
Festival do Rio
Stokholm International Film Festival
Recontres du Cinéma Italien de Grenoble
Bratislava International Film Festival
Bfi London Film Festival
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
Ventana Sur
Glasgow Film Festival
Belgrade International Film Festival

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