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Dancer in the Dark (2000)

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Coming Out at 1 September 2000 in theaters

“Danser i mørket”

Crime, Drama, Musical

Dancer in the Dark is musical melodrama film written and directed by Lars von Trier. It stars Icelandic musician Björk as a daydreaming immigrant factory worker who suffers from a degenerative eye condition and is saving up to pay for an operation to prevent her young son from suffering the same fate. Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Cara Seymour and Joel Grey also star.

The soundtrack for the film, released as the album Selmasongs, was written mainly by Björk, but a number of songs featured contributions from Mark Bell and the lyrics were by von Trier and Sjón. Three songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music were also used in the film.

This is the third film in von Trier’s “Golden Heart Trilogy”; the other two films are Breaking the Waves (1996) and The Idiots (1998). The film was an international co-production among companies based in thirteen countries and regions: Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. It was shot with a handheld camera, and was somewhat inspired by a Dogme 95 look.

Dancer in the Dark premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival to standing ovations and controversy, but was nonetheless awarded the Palme d’Or, along with the Best Actress award for Björk. The song “I’ve Seen It All”, with Thom Yorke, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost to “Things Have Changed” by Bob Dylan from Wonder Boys. The film polarized critics, with some deriding it as melodramatic and others lauding it as highly moving and innovative. The film later appeared on multiple lists of the best films of the 2000s.

Director: Lars von Trier

Writer: Lars von Trier

Stars: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Joel Grey, Cara Seymour, Vladica Kostic

Cast:

BjörkSelma Jezkova
Catherine DeneuveKathy
David MorseBill Houston
Peter StormareJeff
Joel GreyOldrich Novy
Cara SeymourLinda Houston
Vladica KosticGene Jezkova
Jean-Marc BarrNorman
Vincent PatersonSamuel
Siobhan Fallon HoganBrenda
Zeljko IvanekDistrict Attorney
Udo KierDr. Porkorny
Jens AlbinusMorty
Reathel BeanJudge
Mette BerggreenReceptionist
Lars Michael DinesenDefense Attorney / Dancer
Katrine FalkenbergSuzan / Dancer
Michael FlessasAngry Man
John Randolph JonesDetective
Noah LazarusOfficer of the Court / Dancer
Sheldon LittVisitor
Andrew LucreClerk of Court / Dancer
John MartinusChairman / Dancer
Luke ReillyNew Defense Council
T.J. RizzoBoris / Dancer
Stellan SkarsgårdDoctor
Sean-Michael SmithPerson in Doorway
Paprika SteenWoman on Night Shift
Eric VogeOfficer
Nick WolfMan with Hood
Timm ZimmermannGuard / Dancer
Al AgamiDancer
Alex MouroDancer
Alexander ArliDancer
Allan GyldenkærneDancer
Ami Eklöf-AnnellDancer
Ana Christine BroströmDancer
Anders TärnebergDancer
Anders ThorhaugeDancer
Anders-Peter Torsleff HansenDancer
Ann CrossetDancer
Anna DavidDancer
Anna NorbergDancer
Anna RosenbergDancer
Annette LindholmDancer
Anthony Ajoise Olufemi JacobDancer
Birgitte SkandsDancer
Bjorn AhlanderDancer
Bo WesterholmDancer
Bobo ErikssonDancer
Britt BendixenDancer
Carl Johan De NeergaardDancer
Carol Linda NielsenDancer
Claus BerenhardDancer
Cristian ValleDancer
Diana G.L. WatsonDancer
Ed HickokDancer
Edvin KarssonDancer
Eli StalhandDancer
Elin JohanssonDancer
Emilie BendzDancer
Erik DammannDancer
Erik DruggeDancer
Fredrik BörgessonDancer
Frederik MondrupDancer
Marianne BengtssonDancer
Karoliina HeiskanenDancer
Troels AsmussenDancer
Caroline Sascha CogezPrison Guard – Serving Selma Jezkova’s last meal
Rikke LylloffDancer

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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