Björk Film To Open New York Film Festival

'Dancer in the Dark' hits screens nationwide Oct. 6; Selmasongs soundtrack set for Sept. 19 release.

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"Dancer in the Dark," the film featuring Björk's award-winning acting performance, will make its North American debut as part of the 38th New York Film Festival, running from Sept. 22 to Oct. 8 at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater.

Björk and co-star Catherine Deneuve are expected to attend the film's U.S. premiere on Sept. 22, when "Dancer in the Dark" will be shown as part of the film festival's opening-night ceremonies.

Björk and Deneuve also were on hand for the film's screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May, as was director Lars Von Trier, who is not expected to travel to the United States for the festival because of his fear of flying, according to Variety.

"Dancer in the Dark" became the toast of Cannes after drawing a standing ovation following its initial screening. Björk went on to garner a Best Actress award, while the movie won the prestigious Palme d'Or for Best Film in the festival's annual competition.

"Dancer in the Dark" tells the story of a working mother (Björk) who copes with her gradually worsening hereditary blindness by daydreaming musical numbers about a better life for her and her son.

Björk also has completed work on the accompanying soundtrack, Selmasongs (named after "Selma," her character in the film), which will be released Sept. 19 on Elektra Records.

Selmasongs will include Björk's duet with Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke on "I've Seen It All," a track the Icelandic artist described in a recent online chat as a "gorgeous experience" and the result of a four-day recording session earlier this year in Spain.

After its New York Film Festival appearance, "Dancer in the Dark" is scheduled to open on screens nationwide Oct. 6.

— David Basham