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Dancer in the Dark

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Original title
Dancer in the Dark
Running time
140 min.
Denmark Denmark
Lars von Trier
Robby Müller
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Co-production Denmark-Germany-Netherlands-Italy-United States-United Kingdom-France-Sweden-Finland-Iceland-Norway; Fine Line Features / Zentropa Productions / Trust Film Svenka / Liberator Production / Film I Väst
Drama. Musical | Blindness. Disease/illness. Cult Movie. Crime
Movie Groups
Golden Heart Trilogy
Synopsis / Plot
The story concerns Selma (Björk), a Czech immigrant living in 1964 Washington State with her 12-year-old son, Gene (Vladan Kostic). On the verge of blindness, Selma spends her days working in a factory, as well as performing other odd jobs, in order to save up enough money to pay for an operation that will cure Gene of the same disease. To pass the time, Selma fantasizes that her own life is a musical, one in which her friends join her in sweeping song-and-dance routines. After her neighbor Bill (David Morse) discovers Selmas hidden savings and steals them from her, she is forced to perform an act of salvation that will condemn her forever.
2000: Nominated for Oscar: Best Original Song
2000: 2 Nominations for Golden Globe: Best Song, Actress - Drama (Björk)
2000: Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'Or (Golden Palm), Best Actress (Björk)
2000: César Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
2000: 2 European Film Awards: Best European Film and Best European Actress (Björk)
2000: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actress (Björk)
2000: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nominated for Best Music Score
2000: National Board of Review: Best Actress Drama (Björk)
2000: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Foreign Film
2000: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 3 Nominations, including Best Actress (Björk)
2000: Goya Awards: Best European Movie
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