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6 October 2000 (USA) See more »
You don't need eyes to see. See more »
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Björk ... Selma Jezkova

Catherine Deneuve ... Kathy

David Morse ... Bill Houston

Peter Stormare ... Jeff

Joel Grey ... Oldrich Novy

Cara Seymour ... Linda Houston
Vladica Kostic ... Gene Jezkova

Jean-Marc Barr ... Norman

Vincent Paterson ... Samuel

Siobhan Fallon ... Brenda

Zeljko Ivanek ... District Attorney

Udo Kier ... Dr. Porkorny

Jens Albinus ... Morty
Reathel Bean ... Judge
Mette Berggreen ... Receptionist
Lars Michael Dinesen ... Defense Attorney / Dancer
Katrine Falkenberg ... Suzan / Dancer
Michael Flessas ... Angry Man

John Randolph Jones ... Detective
Noah Lazarus ... Officer of the Court / Dancer
Sheldon Litt ... Visitor
Andrew Lucre ... Clerk of Court / Dancer
John Martinus ... Chairman / Dancer
Luke Reilly ... New Defense Council
T.J. Rizzo ... Boris / Dancer (as TJ Rizzo)

Stellan Skarsgård ... Doctor

Sean-Michael Smith ... Person in Doorway (as Sean Michael Smith)

Paprika Steen ... Woman on Night Shift
Eric Voge ... Officer

Nick Wolf ... Man with Hood
Timm Zimmermann ... Guard / Dancer
Al Agami ... Dancer
Alex Mouro ... Dancer
Alexander Arli ... Dancer
Allan Gyldenkærne ... Dancer
Ami Eklöf-Annell ... Dancer
Ana Christine Broström ... Dancer
Anders Tärneberg ... Dancer
Anders Thorhauge ... Dancer
Anders-Peter Torsleff Hansen ... Dancer
Ann Crosset ... Dancer
Anna David ... Dancer
Anna Norberg ... Dancer
Anna Rosenberg ... Dancer
Annette Lindholm ... Dancer
Anthony Ajoise Olufemi Jacob ... Dancer
Birgitte Skands ... Dancer
Bjorn Ahlander ... Dancer
Bo Westerholm ... Dancer
Bobo Eriksson ... Dancer
Britt Bendixen ... Dancer
Carl Johan De Neergaard ... Dancer
Carol Linda Nielsen ... Dancer
Claus Berenhard ... Dancer
Cristian Valle ... Dancer
Diana G.L. Watson ... Dancer
Ed Hickok ... Dancer
Edvin Karsson ... Dancer
Eli Stalhand ... Dancer
Elin Johansson ... Dancer
Emilie Bendz ... Dancer
Erik Dammann ... Dancer
Erik Drugge ... Dancer
Fredrik Börgesson ... Dancer
Frederik Mondrup ... Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marianne Bengtsson ... Dancer
Troels Asmussen ... Dancer (uncredited)
Caroline Sascha Cogez ... Prison Guard - Serving Selma Jezkova's last meal (uncredited)

Rikke Lylloff ... Dancer (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Directed by
Lars von Trier  (as Lars Von Trier)
Writing credits
Lars von Trier (written by) (as Lars Von Trier)

Produced by
Malte Forssell .... line producer
Friðrik Þór Friðriksson .... associate producer (as Fridrik Thor Fridriksson)
Finn Gjerdrum .... associate producer
Mogens Glad .... associate producer
Anja Grafers .... associate producer
Tony Grob .... line producer: USA
Torleif Hauge .... associate producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... executive producer
Lars Jönsson .... co-executive producer
Tero Kaukomaa .... associate producer
Poul Erik Lindeborg .... associate producer
Leo Pescarolo .... collaborating producer
Marianne Slot .... co-executive producer
Els Vandevorst .... associate producer
Vibeke Windeløv .... producer
Original Music by
Björk (music composed by)
Cinematography by
Robby Müller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
François Gédigier  (as François Gedigier)
Molly Marlene Stensgaard 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
Karl Júlíusson  (as Karl Juliusson)
Art Direction by
Peter Grant 
Costume Design by
Manon Rasmussen 
Makeup Department
Michelle Ahern .... key hair stylist: second unit
Michelle Ahern .... key makeup artist: second unit
Anja Dahl .... makeup artist
Sanne Gravfort .... makeup artist
Cédric Gérard .... makeup artist: Catherine Deneuve
Morten Jacobsen .... special makeup effects artist
Lisa Mustafa .... assistant makeup dept.
John Nollet .... hair stylist: Catherine Deneuve
Ursula Rödel .... makeup artist: Catherine Deneuve
Production Management
Anders Barlebo .... unit manager
Joakim Höglund .... unit manager: Sweden
Lene Irgens .... post-production manager
Pia Nielsen .... technical post-production manager
Jonas Overton .... assistant unit manager: Sweden
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Caroline Sascha Cogez .... second assistant director
Damian Payne .... second assistant director: second unit
Anders Refn .... first assistant director
Anders Refn .... second unit director
Art Department
Gorm Andersen .... carpenter
Jonas Alexander Arnby .... set property assistant (as Jonas Arnby)
Christine Bechameil .... head painter
Mary Buri .... prop master: second unit
Friederik Eriksson .... set property assistant
Simone Grau .... set property
Jan Hansen .... carpenter
Cecilia Hersby .... art department coordinator (as Cecilia Sille Hersby)
Nicola Hewitt .... set decorator: second unit
Anders Jacobsen .... set property assistant
Thomas Karlsen .... property
Carsten Larsen .... carpenter
Jesper Lorents .... property master
Bent 'Niller' Nielsen .... construction coordinator (as Bent Nielsen)
Paul Mason .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kristian Eidnes Andersen .... supervising sound editor
Fabio D'Amico .... adr recordist
Pétur Einarsson .... dialogue editor
Guy Sigsworth .... sound processor: Celesta
Ad Stoop .... boom operator
Per Streit .... sound designer
Damian Taylor .... sound processor: Celesta
Paul Walton .... additional sound recordist
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Stig Günther .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Sedsel Andersen .... continuity: 100 camera department
Frank Berger .... gaffer
Edvard Friis-Moeller .... department head: 100 camera department (as Edvard Friis-Moller)
Tómas Gislason .... consultant: 100 camera department
Peter Harton .... assistant 100 camera unit
Peter Hjorth .... technical director: 100 camera department
David Koskas .... still photographer
Eric Kress .... director of photography: second unit
Morten Nybø .... electrician (as Morten Nyboe)
Helene Sandberg .... still photographer intern
Harri Sipilä .... electrician (as Harry Sipilä)
Jean-Robert Viallet .... video assistant
Lars von Trier .... camera operator (as Lars Von Trier)
Marcel Zyskind .... additional camera operator
Marcel Zyskind .... focus puller
Kristoffer Andrén .... assistant camera: Sweden (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joyce Nettles .... casting: UK
Terry Terry .... extras casting coordinator: second unit
Robbie Wald .... extras casting assistant: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Calem Martin .... assistant costume designer
Jalene Murphy .... set costumer
Louize Nissen .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Christine Ekstrand .... post-production assistant
Peter Hjorth .... additional editor
Soren Kloch .... digital film transfer
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Music Department
Mark Bell .... music producer
Mark Bell .... music programmer
Björk .... music arranger: choral
Björk .... music producer
Björk .... musician: celesta
Björk .... vocal editor
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Vincent Mendoza .... conductor
Vincent Mendoza .... music arranger
Vincent Mendoza .... orchestrator
Scott Rodger .... music manager
Greg Rogers .... music consultant
Guy Sigsworth .... musician: celesta
Sjón Sigurdsson .... composer: lyrics
Valgeir Sigurðsson .... music editor
Valgeir Sigurðsson .... music mixer
Valgeir Sigurðsson .... music programmer
Valgeir Sigurðsson .... music recordist
Mark Stent .... music mixer: songs (as Mark 'Spike' Stent)
Lars von Trier .... composer: lyrics (as Lars Von Trier)
Bruce White .... viola
Ray Williams .... music consultant
Charlie Morgan .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Thomas Garris .... transportation captain
Other crew
Malini Ahlberg .... production coordinator: Sweden (as Anna Malini Ahlberg)
Daniel Ahlqvist .... location manager
Khalil Al Harbiti .... assistant location manager
Mattias Andersson .... runner
Mette Berggreen .... assistant choreographer
Mette Berggreen .... consultant: dance edit
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... legal services
Linda Daae .... continuity
Roger D. Faires .... location manager: second unit (as Roger Faires)
Jonas Frederiksen .... production controller
Peter Garde .... financial advisor
Louise Grosell .... production coordinator
Andrea Helgadóttir .... assistant: Björk (as Andrea Helgadottir)
Kerstin Hofstadius .... travel agent: Sweden
Carsten Holst .... assistant: Lars von Trier
Joga Jóhannsdóttir .... assistant: Björk (as Joga Johansdottir)
Per Kirkeby .... overture sequence
Cecilie Kølpin .... production assistant
Hans Lönnerheden .... completion bond
Andreas Martinsen .... runner
Liz Miller .... unit publicist
Mette Nelund .... financial coordinator
Pia Severin Nielsen .... assistant: Vibeke Windeløv
Vincent Paterson .... choreographer
Vincent Paterson .... dance director
Charlotte Pedersen .... assistant: Vibeke Windeløv
Cecilie Rui .... assistant: Vibeke Windeløv
Chris Sanger .... assistant: Marianne Slot
Paul Schwartzman .... consigliere
Sean-Michael Smith .... dialogue coach
Line Spanning .... travel coordinator
Carsten Sparwath .... production assistant
Jonathan Sydenham .... script translator
Christian Tafdrup .... runner
Nicholas Vroman .... assistant: Björk, second unit (as Nick Vroman)
James Wilson .... production executive: FilmFour
Karrie Melendrez .... story analyst (uncredited)

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Rated R for some violence
140 min
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Did You Know?

During the Scatterheart-sequence, Selma (Björk) lies down on a stack of birch logs. In Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish, "Björk" means "birch". Lars von Trier said he thought it would be fun to put in the movie.See more »
Continuity: When Bill tells Selma he has no money, Selma's hair repeatedly switches from being over her ears, to being tucked behind them.See more »
Selma:[talking about musical films] You know when the camera goes really big and it comes up out of the roof, and you just know that it's gonna end? I hate that.See more »
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133 out of 171 people found the following review useful.
A Movie To Break Your Heart, 23 August 2000
Author: Outi ( from Helsinki, Finland

It feels awkward to attempt to put Dancer in the Dark into words. Von Trier's film is one of those movies that truly change the way we think about cinema and its possibilities, and for such a film, words do no justice. Dancer in the Dark centers around Selma (Björk), a factory worker, who loves her 10-year-old son above everything else in the world. Selma is a happy, innocent creature who enjoys musicals for "nothing bad ever happens in them". These elements (mother's love for her son, joyfulness of musicals versus the hardships of every day life) create a whole unlike anything ever seen on silver screen. Selma is rapidly losing her eye sight, but not her vision: she's the 'dancer in the dark' who is prepared to sacrifice herself to keep the light in her child's eyes. Very early on it becomes obvious that this story can't have a happy ending. However, once you've accepted it, you can put your mind at ease and see the film as it unfolds from Selma's point of view. And what a view it is! Björk gives a performance of a life time - this little woman with a huge voice is all emotion all the time without ever appearing overtly dramatic or cheaply sentimental. There's no weak link in the rest of the cast either, Peter Stormare as Jeff, Catherine Deneuve as Kathy and Siobhan Fallon as the prison guard to name but a few. The biggest star is still the director himself; von Trier demonstrates his talent in a superb fashion by both telling a simple story that will most likely break you heart and examining the ever-persistent ills of the life of the lower class of the American society. What about the film's musical character then? This is where von Trier triumphs the most by understanding the very essence of the whole genre - hope; hope that will live in our soul for ever if we'll only follow our heart.

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