Dancer in the Dark

The stylized musical, with which Lars von Trier won the Palme d'Or, provided the greatest acting opportunity for singer Björk – as a Czechoslovakian emigrant struggling against adversity.

Dancer in the Dark
Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, United States, Sweden 2000
  • Czech
140 min.
15+
  • This film is available until 30. 9. 2027 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.
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About

Selma Ježková, a Czechoslovak emigrant, is at risk of early blindness. She emigrates to the United States in the 1960s to arrange eye surgery for her son, who was suffering from a hereditary disease. Although Selma is surrounded by good people, she remains alone in her fate. She overcomes her difficulties mainly thanks to her passion for musicals. Trier's documentary style of shooting with a handheld digital camera creates a strange and often discussed contrast to the genre of melodrama and musical. The final film of Trier's „trilogy of the golden heart“ is dominated by Icelandic singer Björk, who completely identified with her role without further ambitions for a film career. She was awarded the Best Actress award in Cannes, where the film was also received the top prize, the Palme d'Or.

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Credits
Director: Lars von Trier
Screenplay: Lars von Trier, Sjón
Cinematography: Robby Müller
Music: Björk
Editing: François Gédigier, Molly Malene Stensgaard
Production Design: Karl Júlíusson
Producer: Vibeke Windeløv
Cast: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Joel Grey, Cara Seymour, Jean-Marc Barr, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Željko Ivanek, Udo Kier
Awards

Cannes Film Festival

2000 – Lars von Trier (Palme d'Or)

Cannes Film Festival

2000 – Björk (Best Actress)

Goya Awards

2001 – Lars von Trier (Best European Film)

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

2000 – Lars von Trier (Audience Award)

European Film Awards

2000 – Lars von Trier (Best Film)

European Film Awards

2000 – Björk (Best Actress)

Danish Film Awards (Robert)

2001 – Björk (Best Actress)

Danish Film Awards (Robert)

2001 – François Gédigier, Molly Marlene Stensgaard (Best Editing)

Danish Film Awards (Robert)

2001 – Björk, Mark Bell (Best Original Score)

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  • This film is available until 30. 9. 2027 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.