New Images from BLACK SWAN Featuring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Darren Aronofsky; Will Open Venice Film Festival

     July 22, 2010


With Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) at the helm, and an excellent cast led by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, we’ve been anticipating the psychological ballet thriller Black Swan for some time now.  Fox Searchlight has Swan slated for release sometime later in the year, but it turns out we’re just over a month away from the official unveiling.  The Venice International Film Festival has selected Black Swan to kick things off as the opening film on September 1st.  Hit the jump for the official announcement, plus new photos from the film.

Here’s the official press release:


Black Swan, the highly anticipated new feature film by American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Golden Lion recipient in 2008 at the 65th Venice Film Festival for The Wrestler), will be the opening film – in competition – of the 67th Venice International Film Festival.  A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). Black Swan takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect. Black Swan also stars Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder.

The 67th Venice Film Festival will take place on the Lido from September 1 through 11 2010, directed by Marco Mueller and organized by the Biennale di Venezia under the chairmanship of Paolo Baratta.

Black Swan will have its world premiere screening on the evening of September 1 in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema), following the opening ceremony. The film is written by Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin, produced by Protozoa Pictures and Phoenix Pictures and presented by Fox Searchlight Pictures in association with Cross Creek Pictures.

‘The cast and crew of Black Swan are both excited and humbled by the selection committee’s invitation.  It is an honor to walk the great red carpet on the Lido and we are excited to premier our film to the wonderful audiences in Venice,’ said Aronofsky…

Darren Aronofsky is one of the key figures of contemporary film. He was a Golden Lion recipient in 2008 at the 65th Venice Film Festival for The Wrestler which went on to win numerous Independent Spirit Awards and featured a remarkable performance by Mickey Rourke who won a Golden Globe® award, BAFTA® award and received an Oscar® nomination.

A creative author who has always experimented with new forms and montage in the visual arts, Aronofsky’s 1998 debut PI won the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay.  His second film Requiem for a Dream based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr. premiered at Cannes in 2000. The film won a number of international awards; its star Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Academy Award® and it remains a signature motion picture for a generation of filmmakers. In 2006, he premiered The Fountain, starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival. A psychedelic romantic science fiction film it was both praised and critiqued for its scope and ambition.”

Fun fact: Aronofsky became only the third American filmmaker to win the Golden Lion in the festival’s sixty-three years of existence.  John Cassavettes won for Gloria in 1980, while Robert Altman earned the prize in 1993 with Short Cuts.

The final three images come courtesy of USA Today:





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