Dancer in the Dark (2000)

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Dancer in the Dark is a 2000 Danish musical drama film directed by Lars von Trier and starring Icelandic singer Bjork, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Cara Seymour, Peter Stormare, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, and Joel Grey. The soundtrack for the film, released as the album Selmasongs, was written mainly by Bjork, but a number of songs featured contributions from Mark Bell and the lyrics were by von Trier and Sjon. Three songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music were also used in the film.

This is the third film in von Trier's "Golden Heart Trilogy"; the other two films are Breaking the Waves (1996) and The Idiots (1998). The film was an international co-production among companies based in twelve countries: Denmark, Argentina, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was shot with a handheld camera, and was somewhat inspired by a Dogme 95 look.

Dancer in the Dark premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival to standing ovations and controversy, but was nonetheless awarded the Palme d'Or, along with the Best Actress award for Bjork. The song "I've Seen It All", with Thom Yorke, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.