The life of Nico – the cult German singer, Velvet Underground collaborator, and Andy Warhol muse – is being immortalised in a new biopic, according to Variety. Nico, 1988 will delve into the final years of the singer’s life, picking up in 1987 when the 48-year-old artist was touring Europe with a new manager and trying to curtail her heroin use. Nico would die a year later while cycling in Ibiza.
Nico, 1988 will be directed by Italian filmmaker Susanna Nicchiarelli and star Danish actor Trine Dryholm. “Most people think, as Andy Warhol once said, that after her experience with Velvet Underground and the Factory – and after having had sex with most of the rock stars of those years – Nico simply ‘became a fat junkie’ and disappeared,” Nicchiarelli said in a pitch to international buyers, “But is this how her life really went?”
The screenplay draws on interviews with Nico’s son Christian Aaron ‘Ari’ Päffgen and Nico’s former manager Alan Wise, and will feature flashbacks, surreal sequences, and performances of Nico’s original songs. “The entire film is constructed following the inspiration of Nico’s music: her performances and the lyrics of her songs,” Nicchiarelli said. “It will tell us more than any other dialogue or situation in the film.”
Shooting for the film begins on November 7. Listen to Nico’s “These Days” below.
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