Björk's "Dancer" To Open NY Film Festival

"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 September 22 to October 8 at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater.

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

Both Björk and Deneuve were also 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 U.S. 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

(see "Björk Wins Best Actress At Cannes").

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

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

After its New York Film Festival appearance, "Dancer In The Dark" is scheduled to open on screens nationwide on October 6.