Movie of the Month


Film Title: Dancer in the Dark

Event No : 10
Date of Screening : 10-Aug-2013
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am


Lars von Trier



Dancer in the Dark is musical drama primarily based on a character named Selma. Selma is a worker at a factory who suffers from a heriditary disease which causes blindness gradually. She starts saving up for a surgery that would prevent Gene, her son, from facing a similar fate. Meanwhile, she escapes into a musical trance every now and then having the same set of people and situations that she frequents daily. What happens when few of her acquaintances/friends come to know of her blindness? Whether her son undergoes the surgery? These are a few questions which are answered during the course of the movie.

Language: Danish
Running Time: 140 mins
Release Date: December 8, 2000
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Produced by: Vibeke Windeløv, Peter Aalbæk Jensen
Written by: Lars von Trier
Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse, Peter Stormare, Jean-Marc Barr, Joel Grey
Music by: Björk
Shot by: Robby Müller
Editing by:
François Gédigier, Molly Marlene Stensgård

About the Film

The movie is a musical drama based on the life of a factory worker, Selma, who is progressively growing blind due to a hereditary disease.


  1. As a countermeasure for wearing strong glasses extensively, Björk wore contacts of the opposite level to neutralize her vision during those scenes.
  2. The third film in Lars von Trier's ""Golden Heart"" trilogy in which the heroines remain naïve despite their actions.
  3. Although this film is advertised as a musical, the first musical number doesn't appear until 40 minutes into the film.
  4. Though the film is set in Washington State, it was filmed in Sweden. Some of the cast members in smaller parts are Swedish actors who are dubbed by actors with American accents.


  1. Palme d'Or and best actress at Cannes Film festival 2000.
  2. Best Foreign film at awards for Japanese Academy 2001.
  3. Best Film and Best Actress at European Film Awards 2000.

About the Director

Lars von Trier is a Danish film director and screenwriter closely associated to Dogme 95 style of film-making.

An alumnus of National Film school Denmark, he had an eye for film-making which resulted in his films winning at Munich International Festival of Film Schools.

As a director, his work was always ahead of times in terms of the style and content. These qualities in his movies, earned him many laurels and awards in many festivals.

A person with immense gift on the creative front, he suffers from frequent depression and Panophobia (fear of everything) lest FILMMAKING!!"


About the Guest

Naga, as he is shortly called (alias Nagarajan) is a renowned director in Tamil Nadu. With "Film and Television Institute of India, Pune" as his alma matter, Naga has ventured into TV dramas under the genre of Thrillers and comedy.

He shot to fame with TV series like Marmadesam and Chidambara ragasiyam which acted like cornerstone of sorts for thrillers. He also directed "Anandhapurathu Veedu" which deals a lot with supernatural entities.

A person who finds mystery and horror fascinating, he has tried to imbibe logic and common sense to the otherwise superstitious beliefs in Hindu mythology.

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