Dancer in the Dark

  • Dir: Lars von Trier

  • Denmark, 2000, English, 139min, Digital

  • Cast: Björk, Catherine Deneuve, David Morse

Not unlike the martyr heroine in Breaking the Waves (1996), Selma nurtures boundless generosity and a forgiving view of humanity. The Czech immigrant factory worker in small-town America, despite facing sentence for killing the wicked policeman who stole her money saved for rescuing her son from the congenital blindness quickly overtaking her, finds salvation in the imagination of The Sound of Music (1965). Taking his Dogma 95 experiment to new high, Lars von Trier boldly mixes hand-held documentary realism with Hollywood musical fantasy into a powerful drama of astonishing effect – accentuated by Björk’s free-form, impressionistic performance – that got the nods at Cannes.

Cannes Film Festival: Palme d’Or and Best Actress

16.6.2019 (SUN): Film talk with Long Tin

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

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