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Dancer in the Dark

Dancer in the Dark is a 2000 English-language Danish 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, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare, Siobhan Fallon Hogan and Joel Grey also star.

Plot

In Washington state in 1964, Selma Ježková, a Czech immigrant, has moved to the United States with her son, Gene Ježek. They live a life of poverty as Selma works at a factory with her good friend Kathy, whom she nicknames Cvalda. She rents a trailer home on the property of town policeman Bill Houston and his wife, Linda. She is also pursued by the shy but persistent Jeff, who also works at the factory.

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    award Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress European Film Award for Best Actress European Film Award for Best Film European Film Award – Jameson People's Choice Award – Best Actress European Film Award - People's Choice Award for Best Director Goya Award for Best European Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film National Board of Review: Top Ten Films Palme d'Or Robert Award for Best Production Design
    contentLocation Washington
    director Lars von Trier
    editor François Gédigier Molly Marlene Stensgård
    events blindness capital punishment music
    genre drama
    keywords communism communist coup de grâce cry czech czechoslovakia death penalty end factory lose no music only way prison guard safe deposit box slow dance the sound of music trial lawyer united states washington state wound
    musicBy Björk
    nomination César Award for Best Foreign Film European Film Award for Best Actress European Film Award for Best Film Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Goya Award for Best European Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film Robert Award for Best Costume Design Robert Award for Best Production Design Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Satellite Award for Best Film
    producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen Vibeke Windeløv
    productionCompany Canal+ FilmFour France 3 Cinéma Zentropa Entertainments
    publisher Fine Line Features
    recordedAt Denmark
    theme avant-garde and experimental melodrama musical drama