Director Darren Aronofsky's new film, Black Swan, emerged as an early Oscar contender a few months back and continues to collect accolades as it tours the festival circuit, prior to its official theatrical release in the U.S.
Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a ballerina who is favored by her director (Vincent Cassel) as the new prima ballerina for his company. Competition soon arrives in the form of Lily (Mila Kunis), a mysterious dancer with whom Nina strikes up an intimate but destructive friendship. Nina is already on the verge of buckling under her newfound pressure when a series of strange events and occurrences further threaten to thwart her efforts. Are people conspiring against her? Or is it all in her head?
Portman has garnered a lot of attention for her performance in Black Swan and has of late seen her name associated with projects ranging from Alfonso Curarón's Gravity to the Superman reboot . Aronofsky has benefited from the good will towards Black Swan as well and is now officially in negotiations to helm Wolverine 2.
Check out the simply colored but elegantly designed international artwork for Black Swan in the gallery below:
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Aronofsky's previous directorial efforts have all been emotionally powerful films that often deal with troubling and sometimes disturbing subject matter (drug addiction, cancer, etc.). Black Swan appears to be no exception and looks to delve into the dark side of aspiration, as well as the nature of a career that places immense physical strain upon those that engage in it - in that sense alone, the film very much compliments Aronofsky's last project, the Mickey Rourke comeback vehicle, The Wrestler.
Portman seems all but assured an Oscar nomination for her turn as Nina, while Black Swan itself looks more and more like a virtual lock for a Best Picture nod. The moviegoing masses might not flock to see a such a gloomy-sounding pic, but, as The Hurt Locker proved last year, financial success and awards glory do not always go hand in hand.
Black Swan begins a limited release in the U.S. on December 1st, 2010.