Ever been so close to your dreams, you can taste it? Portman's Nina has the lead in Swan Lake at a New York City professional dance company and whether she obtains the role or not lies in her own hands. With the arrival of a rival, as played by Mila Kunis, the psychological warfare to be the company's best ballerina begins. Who takes the title has nothing to do with talent, and that is what makes Black Swan's premise so promising.
Black Swan's lead, embodied by Portman, is the everywoman. Yet, that is only the beginning in so many ways. Black Swan is part thriller, two parts cling to your seat horror, and another all-encompassing film by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, The Fountain).
We are beyond thrilled to present an exclusive clip from Black Swan, thanks to Fox Searchlight. The film has been earning raves since making its presence known with knockout screenings at the Cannes, Toronto, New York and AFI film festivals.
Director Aronofsky is a visionary. As such, even the beautiful ballet sequences possess a layer of surreal juxtaposition which Aronofsky paints from a ballet prima donna palette.
Out December 3, Black Swan is sure to send chills down more than a few movie-goers' spines. Going inside the psyche of his lead as only Aronofsky can, Black Swan has us questioning what's real, what's revealed and how this gripping film will conclude. An example of that cinematic gift is ever-present in our exclusive clip from the film that is sure to be on Oscar ballots come 2011.
Doing the dance of balancing the terror of reality with the fantasy that film can bring is only one of the elements that Black Swan portrays to its audience. Black Swan also stars a supporting cast worthy of Oscar gold including Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel and Winona Ryder.
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