“A surprisingly authentic biopic of a former Velvet Underground star” - Variety
BRDCST & (CINEMA) PALACE WORK TOGETHER
From 1913 to 1974, you could find ‘the biggest cinema in the city’, called Pathé Palace, diagonally opposite AB. It was named after the French pioneer in film distribution Charles Pathé. Whereas His Masters Voice chose a dog called Nipper as logo, Pathé opted for a rooster that still adorns the front facade. Palace has recently reopened its doors and rediscovered its original calling: a cinema and nightlife complex.
BRDCST and Palace get together for a first time, there where music and image meet. So we are presenting, under excellent circumstances, the avant premiere of ‘Nico, 1988’.
NICO, 1988 – AVANT PREMIÈRE
“We are here today with Lou Reed’s femme fatale”, exclaimed a radio presenter rather too enthusiastically at the beginning of the film ‘Nico, 1988’ by Susanna Nicchiarelli. “Don’t call me that, I don’t like it”, answered the songstress, instantly setting the tone for the rest of the film. For many, Nico (or Christa as she prefers to be called, played by Trine Dyrholm from Denmark) is mainly the iconic singer from The Velvet Underground and the muse of Andy Warhol. Not for Nicchiarelli though: to paraphrase the title of a recent autobiography by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth: this is no story about a girl that is part of a band, but about a girl after she left that band. ‘Nico, 1988’ is a musical roadmovie about the rebirth of a valiant and unique artist, about the mother and the woman behind the icon.
By Kurt Overbergh, Artistic Director of AB and big The Velvet Underground fan.
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: A CELEBRATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ‘WHITE LIGHT/WHITE HEAT’ w/ BARST PLAYS ‘SISTER RAY’
Afterwards, you can head down to the AB Club for a unique tribute to The Velvet Underground, an actual midnight concert (!) by the transcendental atmospheric black shoegaze math noise drone band Barst. They will transform über classic ‘Sister Ray’ into a real explosive live version of about 40 minutes (!).