Susanna Nicchiarelli / 2017 / Italy, Belgium / narrative / English / Chinese subtitles
Best Film Horizons Award, 2017 Venice Film Festival
"Aesthetically and emotionally immersive"..."an unsentimental account of an uncompromising woman." –– Screen Daily
“I’ve been at the top, I’ve been at the bottom: Both places are empty.” –– Christa Päffgen, a.k.a. Nico
One of Andy Warhol's muses, a singer of The Velvet Underground and a woman of legendary beauty who has been called the "original goth girl", Nico lived a second life after these glamorous first chapters, when she began her career as a solo artist. This film is set between Paris, Prague, Nuremberg, Manchester, the Polish countryside and the Roman seaside. It is a road-movie dedicated to the last years of Christa Päffgen, a.k.a. Nico, played by award-winning Danish actress Trine Dyrholm (Best Actress at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival). It's the story of Nico's last tours with the band that accompanied her around Europe in the Eighties: years in which the "priestess of darkness", as she was called, found herself again, shaking off the weight of her beauty and rebuilding the relationship with her only forgotten son. It is the story of a rebirth, of an artist, of a mother, of the woman beyond the icon.