Venice has been good to Darren Aronofsky. The Fountain premiered there in 2006, while The Wrestler picked up the Golden Lion two years later. And now it's been announced that Aronofsky's latest, Black Swan, will open the 67th Venice Film Festival on September 1.
USA Today has debuted a series of photos from the film which it describes thus: "The dark tale with psychological twists stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a technically brilliant ballerina whose life takes some strange turns after being picked as the lead in a [NYC] production of Swan Lake. Pressures mount as her overbearing mother (Barbara Hershey) pushes her to succeed and her manipulative dance master commands her to be more seductive and loose in her performance. Complicating that is the arrival of Lily (Mila Kunis), a sultry dancer who exhibits all the innate ease and sexuality that Nina lacks. Nina begins to fixate on the newcomer as the two forge an unusual relationship."
Some have described it as a supernatural thriller; others have, I seem to recall, pegged it as a horror film. Either way, I can't wait. Although I'm going to have to, since I won't be in Venice in time to see it.