Nico, 1988

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Directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli
2017
Italy, Belgium
93 minutes
18+
The last years in the life of legendary The Velvet Underground singer Nico brought vividly to the screen by Trine Dyrholm (A Royal Affair, SFF 2012; The Commune, SFF 2016).

Approaching 50, singer-songwriter Nico leads a solitary, low-key existence in Manchester, far from her glam days in the ’60s as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for The Velvet Underground. Unconcerned about her career, Nico is urged on by her new manager to embark on a tour of Europe. Dependent on heroin, and usually in an unforgiving mood, Nico uses the tour to try to re-establish a connection with her son, from whom she’s long been separated. Nico is still a fearless and extraordinary performer, and the film captures both the missteps and the moments of glory. With what Variety describes as a “zombie-pitch-perfect” performance by Dyrholm (who sings herself), Nico, 1988 is an uncompromising biopic of a singular figure in popular culture.

Wearing leather pants and a studded bracelet, Trine Dyrholm, the 45-year-old Danish actress who plays Nico, looks like a long-black-haired, coldly fierce erotic-zombie version of Roseanne Barr. – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

In exploring the German singer’s life after her ’60s fame had waned, writer/director Susanna Nicchiarelli and star Trine Dyrholm craft a late-career biopic that acts not only as a portrait of a complex figure, but recognises the considerable toll of daring not to conform. – Sarah Ward, Screen International

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Nico, 1988

Event Cinemas George St 4
Fri 8 June
8pm—9:33pm
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Nico, 1988

The Ritz Cinema Randwick
Sat 9 June
8:35pm—10:08pm
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Year
2017
Classification
18+
Country
Italy, Belgium
Language
In English, German and Czech with English subtitles
Director
Susanna Nicchiarelli
Producer
Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Valérie Bournonville, Joseph Rouschop
Cast
Trine Dyrholm, Josh Gordon Sinclair, Anamaria Marinca
Screenwriter
Susanna Nicchiarelli
Cinematographer
Crystel Fournier
Program Strand
Company Credits
World Sales: Celluloid Dreams
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