Aronofsky’s ‘Black Swan’ to open Venice Film Festival?

Although the official lineup for the Venice Film Festival wont be announced until next week, Variety is currently reporting that Darren Aronofsky’s ballerina thriller ‘Black Swan’ could be the festival’s opening film.

The film, which was completed earlier this year, stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder and Vincent Cassel, and has already generated some positive buzz from recent test screenings.  Here’s one blogger’s  Portman-centric  account of the film:

the film sneaked at the landmark in the westside pavilion and though i can’t spill the beans about the plot, i will say that natalie portman has never been better. she epitomizes everything a movie star should be – just without the attitude. she’s radiant, beautiful, spell-binding and vulnerable, and you just can’t take your eyes off when she’s on screen…

If you’ve been keeping up with The Real Reel’s Oscar 2011 Forecast, you already know that this film has been on our radar for a while now.  Although there’s no official release date, opening at the Venice Film Festival is just the push this film needs to be considered an awards  contender.  Remember– Aronofsky’s last film, ‘The Wrestler’, went to the 2008 Venice Film Festival  two days after its completion and walked away with the festival’s most coveted award; two weeks later it found its home at Fox Searchlight at the Toronto Film Festival and became the underdog of the 2008-2009 awards season.  Let’s hope that ‘Black Swan’  achieves this same fate.

The Venice Film Festival runs from September 1-11, 2010.

**news source: Variety

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