dancer in the dark

By Lars Von Trier

With Bjork, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Jean-Marc Barr, Joel Grey

Synopsis Selma (Björk) is a Czech immigrant, a single mother working in a factory in rural America. Her salvation is her passion for music, specifically, the all-singing, all-dancing numbers found in classic Hollywood musicals. Selma harbours a sad secret: she is losing her eyesight and her son stands to suffer the same fate if she can't put away enough money to secure him an operation. When a desperate neighbour falsely accuses Selma of stealing his savings, the drama of her life escalates to a tragic finale.

Production Zentropa Entertainments 

Duration 2h19
Year of production 2000
Release date France October 18, 2000
Nationality Denmark, Sweden
Script Lars Von Trier
Distribution France Les Films du Losange
International sales Trust Films

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Coproducers Liberator Productions, Pain Unlimited, Trust Film Svenska, IcelandicFilm Corporation

Golden Palm Cannes Film Festival 2000
Bodil Prize 2004 -  Best Danish Film



Format 35 mm,
Sound Format Dolby SRD
Image Robby Müller


Sound Per Streit
Editing Molly Malene Stensgaard, Molly Malene Stensgaard, François Gedigier

Music Bjork
Costume designer Manon Rasmussen
Production designer Peter Grant