NICO, 1988
2018, Magnolia Pictures, 93 min, Italy/Belgium, Dir: Susanna Nicchiarelli

This riveting late-career biopic features a tour de force performance by Trine Dyrholm as famed singer-songwriter Nico, who approaches 50 leading a solitary existence in Manchester, England, far from her glory days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for The Velvet Underground. Her life and career on the ropes, Nico is convinced by her new manager, Richard (John Gordon Sinclair), to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of years of addiction, she longs to rebuild a relationship with the son (Sandor Funtek) whose custody she lost long ago. A brave and uncompromising musician, Nico’s is the story of an artist, a mother and the woman behind the icon. “Dyrholm’s performance is a powerhouse of authenticity. Her moroseness is mesmerizing, but she also gives Nico a tense intelligence, and her singing is uncanny.” - Owen Gleiberman, Variety.


THE COMMUNE
KOLLEKTIVET
2016, 111 min, Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands, Dir: Thomas Vinterberg

Set in the 1970s, this drama follows Erik (Ulrich Thomsen) and Anna (Trine Dyrholm), a professional couple who, along with their daughter (Martha Sofie Wallstrøm Hansen), establish a commune in Erik’s huge villa in the upmarket district of Copenhagen. With the family in the center of the story, we are invited into the dream of a real commune; we participate in the house meetings, dinners and parties. It is friendship, love and togetherness under one roof until an earth-shattering love affair puts the community and the commune to its greatest test.


IN A BETTER WORLD
HÆVNEN
2010, 119 min, Denmark, Dir: Susanne Bier

Anton (Mikael Persbrandt, 2012’s THE HOBBIT), a doctor who tends to abused pregnant women in an African refugee camp, commutes from his home in quiet Denmark. When his older son Elias is defended from bullying by classmate Christian, Elias is exposed to ideas of violence and vengeance from which his pacifist father has always sheltered him. The boys quickly form a strong bond, but when Christian involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge with potentially tragic consequences, their friendship is tested and lives are put in danger. Ultimately, it is their parents who are left to help them come to terms with the complexity of human emotions, pain and empathy. A proponent of Dogme 95, director Susanne Bier (THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE) employs vérité technique to evoke strong emotion, resulting in "a gripping meditation on the choices between pacificism and violence that are faced in so-called civilized society as well as extreme Third World situations." – Mike Goodridge, Screen International

In Danish with English subtitles


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