Simply put, Bjork is amazing. First there was The Sugarcubes with their catchy off beat tunes including 120 Minutes’ staples “Motorcrash” and “Birthday”. Then Bjork branched out on her own and brought us Debut and Post and Vespertine and everything between and after. Her music is haunting, beautifully strange, and it has a good beat and you can dance to it. But Bjork’s talents don’t stop at music.
In 1999 director Lars Von Trier asked Björk to write and produce the musical score for his film Dancer in the Dark. The film, which airs today at 4:30 p.m. ET, revolved Selma who was going blind and struggling to pay for an operation to prevent the same from happening to her son. Bjork was then asked to star as Selma, because in Lars Von Trier’s film world the only way to truly capture the essence of Selma was to have the composer of the music play the character. Bjork agreed and wowed audiences with her subtle and powerful performance. In fact, she won a Best Actress award at Cannes and was nominated for an Academy Award for the song “I’ve Seen It All”, which she performed at the Oscars. (Remember the swan dress? of course you do.) Unfortunately, after the movie, she swore she would never act again because the process was so grueling.
Pour a little out for Selma and Bjork’s prodigious acting skills and slip into your dancing shoes, because we’re having a Bjork! Dance! Party!
From Dancer in the Dark comes “I’ve Seen it All”:
“Big Time Sensuality”:
“It’s Oh So Quiet”:
“Army of Me”:
Dancer in the Dark airs on IFC at 4:30 p.m. ET and Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 8:00 a.m. ET and at 3:30 p.m. ET and Thursday, Dec. 30 at 12:15 p.m. ET