Nico, 1988 18+

Fiction | Feature
Belgium, Italy | 93 mins | 2017
Czech, English, German, Italian with English subtitles

Australian Premiere

The last years of an inspiration of punk.

Everyone knows about Nico and Warhol and the Velvet Underground but that was all behind her by the end of the 1960s. Two decades later she’s a smack addict lurching through Europe on a ramshackle tour. One character damns her with words of praise, saying “that lady’s a piece of history.” Trine Dyrholm (looking remarkably like Margaret Pomerantz!) gives a truly memorable performance as a woman who has embraced loss and knows that there won’t be anything of permanence in her life again. These last two glorious, screwed up years in her life provide her enduring cultural legacy in her celebration of loss and her ability to find defiance in the face of despair.

Director Susanna Nicchiarelli | Screenwriter Susanna Nicchiarelli | Producer Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa | Composer Gatto Ciliegia Contro il Grande Freddo | Cinematographer Crystel Fournier | Editor Stefano Cravero | Cast Trine Dyrholm, Calvin Demba, Karina Fernandez