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Italian Biopics: Nico, 1988

Italian Biopics 


Nico, 1988

 Directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli

 2017, 93’, English 

In-person screening

Thursday, April 20 at 6pm CT

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago


 nico 1988 website cover


Set between Paris, Prague, Nuremberg, Manchester, the Polish countryside and the Roman seaside, “Nico, 1988” is a road-movie dedicated to the last years of Christa Päffgen, also known as Nico. Warhol’s muse, the singer of Velvet Underground’ and a legendary beauty, Nico begins a second life, after the one that everybody knows, starting a soloist career.Nico, 1988” tells the story of her last tours and of the band that followed her all around Europe in the1980s. “The priestess of darkness,” as she was called, finds herself by breaking free of her beauty and rebuilding a bond with her only child. It’s a rebirth story of an artist, a mother and  a woman beyond her iconic self.


Free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Doors open at 5:30pm CT and seats are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis, until capacity is reached.

The screening is part of Italian Biopics, a series of long-feature movies inspired by leading figures who have played a major role in the history of Italian culture.


  • Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago