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Dancer in the Dark

Directed by Lars von Trier
Denmark, Iceland, 2000
Musical, Drama
  • English, German
  • Dutch, French, Romanian


A Czech immigrant (played by Björk who won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for her devastating performance) copes with her encroaching blindness by escaping into musical fantasies.

Our take

This is the ultimate post-modern musical, featuring the award-winning, final acting role of Icelandic experimental pop chanteuse Björk. Lars von Trier exploited the brilliant naïve energy of his star by casting her in his overpowering tearjerker-vérité-musical—and took home the Palme d’or in Cannes.

Dancer in the Dark Directed by Lars von Trier

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2000 | 2 wins including: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

2001 | Nominee: Best Music, Original Song

Independent Spirit Awards

2001 | Winner: Best Foreign Film

Village Voice Film Poll

2000 | Nominee: Best Film

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