Winner: Venice Film Festival Horizon 2017
It’s said that although not many people bought the first Velvet Underground album, all of those who did went on to form bands. One of the many unique aspects to the vastly influential album was the presence of German actress, model, and musician Nico (aka Christa Päffgen), whose ice-cold voice lent itself to four tracks (three lead performances and one backing vocals). But the collaboration with the Velvets, while legendary, was brief, and Nico went on to build her solo career throughout the subsequent decades, releasing the similarly influential Desertshore, and influencing a generation of performers.
It is these later years that are the focus for the biopic Nico, 1988, a deftly crafted work in which award-winning writer-director Nicchiarelli (Cosmonaut) tells the story of the performer’s final years as a musician haunted by her demons and addictions, yet still creating evocative performances. Like a road movie, the film follows Nico and her band as they make their way across Cold War Europe in a van, performing in clubs across the continent. Award winning actress Trine Dyrholm (Feston, The Commune, A Royal Affair) delivers a standout performance as Nico, capturing something of her subject’s cold-dissatisfaction, distant charisma, and potential for nihilism. Meanwhile Nicchiarelli’s script and direction create a naturalistic portrait of the artist and offer an authentic depiction of the era, creating a haunting, deeply memorable, biopic.
“Trine Dyrholm’s performance is a powerhouse of authenticity” – Variety.
“Dyrholm is at her multifaceted best here” – The Hollywood Reporter.
Screens with the short film Nobody Hangs Out Anymore.
Sun 8th, 8.45pm, Luna Leederville
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