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Nico, 1988

Danish actress and singer Trine Dyrholm astounds as iconic performer Nico in this fascinating biopic.


Dir-Scr Susanna Nicchiarelli
Prod Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Joseph Rouschop, Valérie Bournonville
With Trine Dyrholm, John Gordon Sinclair, Anamaria Marinca
Sales Celluloid Dreams

Although her stint with the Velvet Underground in the late 1960s was relatively fleeting, the subsequent recording career of Christa Päffgen (better known as Nico) was often eclipsed by her iconic collaboration with the revered band. Desperate to liberate herself from the shadows of her former glories, Nico continued producing music right up until her untimely death in 1988, and in this powerful and authentic biopic, director Susanna Nicchiarelli documents the final two years in the often tragic life of the frustrated artist. Eschewing nostalgic navel gazing in favour of gritty, and often uncomfortable honesty, the film explores the destructive sides of Nico’s personality – her heroin addiction, her combative nature, her swollen ego – all brought vividly to life by Dyrholm (who also recorded her own vocals for the film). The result is an absorbing, poignant, and most importantly, deeply empathetic portrait of a flawed icon.

Michael Blyth

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Susanna Nicchiarelli, Director; Trine Dyrholm, Cast

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