Dancer in the Dark + Intro 15

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This film was last shown on 16 April 2019

"Haunting and beautiful."

★★★★★ - Kim Newman, Empire.

Dancer in the Dark is a Danish musical drama directed by Lars von Trier. It is the final film of his ‘Golden Heart’ trilogy. Released in 2000, it stars Björk as Selma Ježková,a Czech immigrant factory worker in the United States who suffers from a degenerative eye condition. She lives with her son on the property of the town policeman, Bill, and his wife, Linda, and is saving up for an operation to prevent her son from suffering from the same condition.

After a series of events that begins with a theft and ends with a murder, Selma finds herself in jail. The film ends with a scene that is both deeply shocking and poignant, and the events leading to this climax force us to question the validity of execution as a means of dispensing punishment for crime.

This screening will feature an introduction from Dr Katherine Ebury, Senior Lecturer at the School of English at the University of Sheffield.


Lars von Trier
Argentina, Spain
135 mins
Bjork, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse


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