Nico, 1988 will open Venice's Orizzonti
by Camillo De Marco
- Susanna Nicchiarelli’s road movie, which is dedicated to Warhol’s muse and Velvet Underground’s singer, will be screened in its world premiere
Nico, 1988 [+see also:
interview: Susanna Nicchiarelli
film profile], directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli (Cosmonaut [+see also:
film profile]) will open the Orizzonti section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival (30 August – 9 September), directed by Alberto Barbera. The film will be shown in its world premiere on the afternoon of the first day of the festival, Wednesday 30 August, kicking off the Orizzonti competition.
Set in Paris, Prague, Nuremberg, Manchester, the Polish countryside and the Roman coast, Nico, 1988 is a road movie dedicated to the final years of Christa Päffgen, stage name Nico. The muse of Andy Warhol, singer with the band Velvet Underground and a woman of legendary beauty, Nico gained a new lease of life after the story everyone knows, when she launched her solo career. The film stars Trine Dyrholm (who started out as a singer and then became the favourite actress of Susanne Bier and Thomas Vinterberg – winner of the Silver Bear at Berlin in 2016 for her performance in Vinterberg’s film The Commune [+see also:
interview: Thomas Vinterberg
film profile]), who brings artist and icon Nico back to life, playing her with her voice and transforming her physically. Alongside Trine Dyrholm, the film stars John Gordon Sinclair, Anamaria Marinca, Sandor Funtek, Thomas Trabacchi, Karina Fernandez and Calvin Demba.
“This is the story of Nico after Nico. I wanted to tell her parable backwards: how her loss of approval and the change in her image led to her emancipation”, explains the director. The film is produced by Marta Donzelli and Gregorio Paonessa from Vivo Film (Sworn Virgin [+see also:
Q&A: Laura Bispuri
film profile]by Laura Bispuri) in partnership with Rai Cinema and Tarantula Belgique and in co-production with VOO and Be TV, with the support of Eurimages, the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism and the Lazio Region; with the participation of Wallonia, the Cinema and Audiovisual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, and the support of the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter – Casa Kafka Pictures Empowered by Belfius; in partnership with AMER; developed with the support of the European Union’s Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme. International sales are being handled by Celluloid Dreams.
(Translated from Italian)
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