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Dancer in the Dark Details


Reportedly the third in acclaimed director Lars von Trier's "Golden Hearts" trilogy (preceded by Lars von Trier and Lars von Trier), 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 Peter Stormare. 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. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

  • Release date:September 22, 2000


Awarded by
Jameson People's Choice Award Lars von Trier Best European Director 2000 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Lars von Trier Best Foreign Film 2000 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lars von Trier Best Original Song 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lars von Trier Best Song 2000 Nominee
Jameson People's Choice Award Björk Best European Actress 2000 Winner
European Film Academy Björk Best European Actress 2000 Winner
National Board of Review Björk Best Musical Performance 2000 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Björk Best Actress 2000 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Björk Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Björk Best Song 2000 Nominee


Lars von Trier
Vibeke Windeløv
Lars von Trier
Robby Müller
Lars von Trier
Molly Malene Stensgaard
François Gedigier
Karl Juliusson
Production Designer
Peter Grant
Art Director
Marianne Slot
Lars Jönsson
Poul Erik Lindeborg
Associate Producer
Mogens Glad
Associate Producer
Tero Kaukomaa
Associate Producer
Torleif Hauge
Associate Producer
Anja Grafers
Associate Producer
Finn Gjerdrum
Associate Producer
Els Van De Vorst
Associate Producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Executive Producer
Manon Rasmussen
Costume Designer
Per Streit
Sound/Sound Designer
Anders Refn
First Assistant Director
Lars von Trier
Camera Operator
Vincent Paterson
Joyce Nettles
Anders Refn
Second Unit Director