Dancer in the Dark

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Reportedly the third in acclaimed director Lars von Trier's "Golden Hearts" trilogy (preceded by Breaking the Waves and The Idiots), this film is a hip reworking of the classic Hollywood Musical, starring international pop diva Bjork. read more
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Reportedly the third in acclaimed director Lars von Trier's "Golden Hearts" trilogy (preceded by Breaking the Waves and The Idiots), this film is a hip reworking of the classic Hollywood Musical, starring international pop diva Bjork. Set somewhere in rural Washington state, Czech immigrant Selma (Bjork) works in a pressing plant, struggling to make ends meet for herself and her 10-year-old son, Gene (Vladica Kostic). Her best friend is coworker and fellow European Kathy (Catherine Deneuve). While outside work, she is maintaining a cautious friendship with local yokel Jeff (Peter Stormare). She also landed a starring role as Maria in an amateur production of The Sound of Music. Selma's life would be one of relative contentment if it were not for the ugly secret she harbors -- she is on the verge of blindness due to a genetic disorder, and her young son will suffer the same fate without an operation. Selma has quietly been stashing away money for the surgery and has already amassed $2,000. When her savings, squirreled away in a can in the kitchen, suddenly disappear, she confronts her cash-strapped landlord Bill (David Morse). Of course, like all musicals, the plot periodically takes a backseat to the seven production numbers, including a show-stopping sequence in Selma's factory. Shot entirely on digital video, the film reportedly used up to 100 cameras for each musical number. Dancer in the Dark received top prizes at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival including Best Actress for Bjork and the coveted Palme d'Or for Best Picture.

Original Release

07/10/2000

US Release

10/06/2000

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Cast

Bjork Selma Jezkova
Catherine Deneuve Kathy
David Morse Bill Houston
Peter Stormare Jeff
Joel Grey Oldrich Novy
Cara Seymour Linda Houston
Vladica Kostic Gene Jezkova
Jean-Marc Barr Norman
Vincent Paterson Samuel
Zeljko Ivanek District Attorney
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Lars von Trier

Writers

Lars von Trier, Sjón

Cast

Bjork Selma Jezkova
Catherine Deneuve Kathy
David Morse Bill Houston
Peter Stormare Jeff
Joel Grey Oldrich Novy
Cara Seymour Linda Houston
Vladica Kostic Gene Jezkova
Jean-Marc Barr Norman
Vincent Paterson Samuel
Zeljko Ivanek District Attorney
Udo Kier Dr. Porkorny
Jens Albinus Morty
Reathel Bean Judge
Mette Berggreen Receptionist
Lars Michael Dinesen Dancer / Defense Attorney
Katrine Falkenberg Dancer / Suzan
Michael Flessas Angry Man
John Randolph Jones Detective
Stellan Skarsgard Doctor
Paprika Steen Woman on Night Shift

Producers

Editors

François Gédigier, Molly Malene Stensgaard

2001 Oscar Best Music, Original Song Nominated
2001 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
2001 Golden Globe Best Original Song - Motion Picture Nominated
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