Nico, 1988 follows the German superstar as she approaches 50 years old, decades after her glittering limelight as one of Andy Warhol’s superstars and as the enigmatic vocalist for The Velvet Underground.
The film sees Nico as her career flutters on the edge, and her manager Richard convinces her to return to the road to promote her latest album. It also taps into her frayed relationship with her son, whom she had lost custody of long before.
Susanna Nicchiarelli wrote and directed the film, which will be released by Magnolia Pictures on August 1 in select theaters.
Nico, one of the Velvet Underground’s singers and a muse of Andy Warhol, will be receiving a biopic ahead of any other members of the band, including Lou Reed, Varietyreports. The singer will be played by Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, who won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin International Film Festival for her role in The Commune.
Susanna Nicchiarelli, the Italian director known for her first film, Cosmonauta, will direct and write the screenplay, titled Nico, 1988.
The focus of the movie will be on the artist’s post-fame, pre-death heroin years, when Nico is 48 and trying to recover from addiction while embarking on a new solo tour.
“The entire film is constructed following the inspiration of Nico’s music: her performances and the lyrics of her songs,” said Nicchiarelli in a statement. “It will tell us more than any other dialogue or situation in the film.”
Back in the fall of 2012, your favorite band that inspired the name of the high school in the movie Heathers began playing together again, (or, at least, founding members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have). After former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap suffered a stroke and was hospitalized and paralyzed, they launched the Songs for Slim project and auctioned off a limited-edition EP, which brought in more than $100,000 for Dunlap’s medical bills.
Now, to continue helping their bandmate, the band will release the EP digitally, including a surprisingly invigorating cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s “I’m Not Sayin’.” Maybe it’s playing with his former bandmate, or the passion that comes with doing something you love to help someone you care about, but the duo sound a couple decades younger, and it’s a fun listen.
Songs For Slim will be released digitally on March 5th, with proceeds from downloads going to cover Dunlap’s medical bills. And, the lede that seems to keep getting buried here is that the EP closer is a cover of “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” from the musical Gypsy, which is just going to be swell/great. Wonder how Westerberg’s Ethel Merman impression is.
The Songs for Slim project will extend outside his former bandmates to include monthly auctions of 7” singles by an all-star roster of artists covering Dunlap’s songs, including Frank Black, members of R.E.M., Craig Finn of the Hold Steady, Deer Tick and Lucinda Williams. In the meantime, check the Replacements’ version of “I’m Not Sayin’” over at Pitchfork, and, for comparison, listen to Nico’s also excellent 1965 version, as well as the Gordon Lightfoot original, below.
Word on the street is that we’re in the dead of winter right now. (Another compelling reason to be at Sundance right now is that it’s actually warmer in Park City than it is in New York.) Summer music may be more fun, but this is the time to curl up with a mug of cider and songs that come from cold places.
Torres – “When Winter’s Over”
My current favorite pastime is listening to Nashville singer-songwriter Torres and emoting deeply. Her music sounds perfect when everything is numb except for your feelings, and “When Winter’s Over” hits the spot. Unfortunately, winter is not actually over yet.
Beach House – “I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun”
The temperatures keep dropping, but at least Victoria LeGrand’s voice will keep you warm. Let’s pretend that is physically possible.
Niki & The Dove – “Winterheart”
My heart is frozen. So is my soul.
JEFF the Brotherhood – “Hypnotic Winter”
Nashville rockers JEFF the Brotherhood manage to sound pretty optimistic about the season, which we could probably all do with.
The Dodos – “Winter”
If you’re already starting to get angry about Valentine’s Day coming up, this is for you. The bittersweet jangle works wonders.
Belle & Sebastian – “Winter Wooskie”
“Who’s that girl? She must be nearly freezing” is a semi-iconic Belle & Sebastian line that’s apt for this week. In classic fashion, “Winter Wooskie” paints a wistful portrait with just the right amount of detail.
Nico – “Winter Song”
John Cale recently paid tribute to Nico with a host of other artists, including Sharon Van Etten and Alison Mosshart. Since you’re not going outside anyways, now seems like the perfect time to revisit Chelsea Girl.
Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal”
Because with those harmonies, it’s easier to pretend that this is just “crisp” and “refreshing.”
It’s cold, y’all. I cannot even deal with this right now. New season, new moods.
How To Dress Well – “& It Was U”
Tom Krell’s vision of stripped-down R&B is warm and cold at the same time. “& It Was U” has a purity to it that’s totally unforgettable.
Dirty Projectors – “About To Die”
Dirty Projectors’ Swing Lo Magellan has received plenty of praise, and for good reason. “About To Die” shifts and twists, delicately revolving around now-trademark female vocal harmonies.
Taken By Trees – “I Want You”
Swedish artist Victoria Bergsman takes wistful sentiment and pushes it into a surprisingly weird place. Her recently released album Other Worlds sees her paying tribute to the sounds of Hawaii unlike you’ve ever heard before.
Interpol – “Next Exit”
Whenever New York starts to feel dreary, it’s time to break out the Interpol.
Dead Man’s Bones – “Pa Pa Power”
Will Ryan Gosling ever rescue me from the hazards of my own life? Will he ever record another album with Dead Man’s Bones? His meme-worthiness may have declined lately, but let’s hope the answer to both is “yes.”
Feist – “Sealion” (Chromeo remix)
Back in the day, Feist’s tribute to the selkie myth received this funked-up remix from fellow Canadians Chromeo.
Diamond Rings – “I’m Just Me” (Yelle DJs remix)
The dancefloor becomes a dark place when French favorites Yelle take on this frank synth-pop anthem.
Foals – “Black Gold”
This seems like a good time to revisit all the feelings evoked by Foals’ 2010 album Total Life Forever. Haunting, gorgeous, and tightly held together.
Nico – “These Days”
In case you’ve been thinking about The Royal Tenenbaums recently.