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Dancer in the Dark is a 2000 Danish musical drama film directed by Lars von Trier and starring Icelandic singer Björk , 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 Björk, but a number of songs featured contributions from Mark Bell and the lyrics were by von Trier and Sjón . 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 between companies based in several countries: Denmark , Germany , Netherlands , United States , United Kingdom , France , Sweden , Finland , Iceland , and Norway .