Dancer in the Dark

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    7:00 • WSH
Dancer in the Dark
Lars von Trier
Bjork, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse

Icelandic diva Bjork won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in this offbeat musical by controversial Danish director Lars von Trier. Set in 1960s Washington State, Dancer in the Dark stars Bjork as Maria, a Czech immigrant who is saving money for an operation that can cure her son of the same illness that’s making her go blind. When she loses her job and her money is stolen, a tragedy is set in motion, but Maria continues to escape into fantasy song-and-dance sequences inspired by the American musicals she loves. Author of the Dogma manifesto, which demanded technical and stylistic simplicity, von Trier bends his own rules in Dancer, saturating the musical scenes with color and shooting them with over 100 digital video cameras as Bjork sings and dances her way through numbers penned by the actress and von Trier himself. “Deliriously downbeat.” (Village Voice)

35mm 'Scope color
2 hours 17 minutes
release year/country
2000 Denmark