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This is the film that Icelandic musical superstar, Björk, walked the red carpet for in her iconoclastic swan dress that even Lil Nas X can’t supplant. Directed by Lars Von Trier (BREAKING THE WAVES, MELANCHOLIA), DANCER IN THE DARK is a pathos powerhouse, a real doozy of emotion– and features one of the best musical numbers ever filmed with a moving train.
Set in Washington state in 1964, the film tells the story of Selma Jezkova (Björk), a Czech immigrant working in a factory to support her 12-year old son. Suffering from a degenerative eye condition, Selma hides her condition from everyone except her close friend Kathy (Catherine Deneuve). When she isn’t working or taking care of her son, Selma rehearses for a community production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, accompanies Kathy to watch Hollywood musicals at the local cinema, and slips into her own performative musical daydreams.
Lean into winter with beautiful films using song and dance to express all the seasonal feels! Come and be sad. It’s fun!
FREE HOT CHOCOLATE at every screening from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM to warm and comfort you.
ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE
A Zombie Christmas Musical!
Tuesday, December 13, 7PM
DANCER IN THE DARK
Lars Von Trier film starring Icelandic musical superstar, Björk
Tuesday, January 10, 7PM
THE UMBRELLAS OFCHERBOURG
Catherine Deneuve in an astounding Jacque Demy film
Tuesday, February 14, 7PM
Cinema New Bedford presents films that spark conversations, “big feelings,” and new perspectives. Our mission is to help create and sustain a robust cinephile community in New Bedford, promote the art of cinema, and build community through collective engagement that brings joy, sorrow, and everything in between.
Programming includes film series such as 4 By Scorsese, Winter Whimsy: Wes Anderson, and Best of the Fests; Community and issue focused screenings such as FLEE (refugees and immigration), I AM GRETA (climate change) and ATLANTIS (Ukraine); and special events such as DOWNTON ABBEY at Rotch-Duff-Jones House, MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON with Jenny Slate live, and CatVideoFest, a compilation of the latest and best cat videos from around the world.
This series is curated by Mocha James Herrup, PhD, founder of the New Bedford Film Society. Mocha James draws from their work as a film professor, arts and culture writer, and film festival programmer to bring films that help us see the world in a new light.
The collection of Mocha James' program notes for Cinema New Bedford films is available here.
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Are you a fellow film enthusiast? Join us once a month at a local eatery in downtown New Bedford to discuss film and have input programming Cinema New Bedford. Contact Mocha James at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.