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NICO, 1988

Directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli
FEATURE NARRATIVE 93 Minutes North American Premiere
Danish actress and musician Trine Dyrholm delivers a high-voltage performance as Christa Päffgen—better known as Nico, the Andy Warhol darling and one-time chanteuse of the Velvet Underground. At the outset of Nico, 1988, Nico is approaching 50, tumbling down the slopes of drug addiction, and desperate to regain custody of her child. Her manager, Richard (John Gordon Sinclair), sensing her need for purpose, sets her on a tour across Europe; back on the road, she’s equal parts tenacious, manic, and erratic.

Writer-director Susanna Nicchiarelli dives deep into the anguished and scattered psychology of Nico’s final years. She blends a tangible reverence for her subject with dark humor, crafting a riveting examination of a fragile artist constantly pushed to perform. With precision, care, and grit, Nicchiarelli and Dyrholm capture the inner turmoil of a fearless icon, artist, and mother struggling to reconcile the consequences of her tortured life.

—Shayna Weingast
Drama, Music
About the Director(s)
Susanna Nicchiarelli was born in Rome in 1975. She received her degree in filmmaking from Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in 2004. She has written and directed many short films and documentaries, as well as two feature-length films: 2009’s Cosmonaut and 2013’s Discovery at Dawn.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight Narrative
  • Year:
  • Length:
    93 minutes
  • Language:
    Czech, English, German
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
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Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Susanna Nicchiarelli
  • Producer:
    Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Joseph Rouschop, and Valérie Bournonville
  • Screenwriter:
    Susanna Nicchiarelli
  • Cinematographer:
    Crystel Fournier
  • Editor:
    Stefano Cravero
  • Composer:
    “Gatto Ciliegia contro il Grande Freddo”
  • US Distributor:
    Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast:
    Trine Dyrholm, John Gordon Sinclair, Anamaria Marinca, Sandor Funtek, Thomas Trabacchi, Karina Fernandez, Calvin Demba



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