A road-movie dedicated to the last years of Christa Päffgen, aka “Nico”. One of Warhol’s muses, singer of the Velvet Underground and a woman of legendary beauty, Nico lived a second life after the story known to all, when she began her career as a solo artist.  Her music is among the most original of the Seventies and Eighties, and has influenced much of the musical production that followed. The “priestess of darkness”, as she was called, found her true calling after age forty, when she shook off the weight of her beauty and rebuilt her relationship with her forgotten son. Nico, 1988 is the story of Nico’s last tour with the band that accompanied her around Europe in the Eighties. It is the story of a rebirth, an artist,


Produced by

Vivo film with Rai Cinema and Tarantula

in co-production with VOO and Be TV; with the support of Eurimages, Ministry of the Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism – General Direction cinema; a film made possible by the support of the Regione Lazio; with the participation of Wallonia; produced with the assistance of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles; with the support of the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter – Casa Kafka Pictures Empowered by Belfius; in association with AMER; developed with the support of the European Union’s Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme.


Nico: Trine Dyrholm

Richard: John Gordon Sinclair

Sylvia: Anamaria Marinca

Ari: Sandor Funtek

Domenico: Thomas Trabacchi

Laura: Karina Fernandez

Alex: Calvin Demba

Francesco: Thomas Trabacchi


Produced by: Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Joseph Rouschop, Valérie Bournonville

Cinematography: Crystel Fournier

Editing: Stefano Cravero

Original music and adaptations: Gatto Ciliegia contro il Grande Freddo

Vocal interpretation: Trine Dyrholm

Production design: Alessandro Vannucci e Igor Gabriel

Costume design: Francesca e Roberta Vecchi

Technical data

Year: 2017

Running time: 93′

Country: Italia/Belgio

Language: Inglese, Tedesco, Ceco

Festivals and awards

74° Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografia di Venezia – Orizzonti Award for Best Film

International Sales

Celluloid Dreams

Italian Distribution

I Wonder Pictures