Sunday, February 27, 2011

Black Swan: Perfect at Film Independent Spirit Awards

Black Swan, which by the way was my favorite film of 2010, won all four Spirit Awards awards that it had been nominated for including Best Feature and Best Female Lead.

Best Feature: Black Swan
Best Female Lead: Natalie Portman
Best Director: Darren Aronofsky    
Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique (Cinematographer)


DIRECTOR Darren Aronofsky        
WRITERS  Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John J. McLaughlin
PRODUCERS Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brian Oliver, Scott Franklin


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).  A Fox Searchlight Pictures release by visionary director Darren Aronofsky (THE WRESTLER), 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 follows the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice.  But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well.  Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who  represents guile and sensuality.  Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

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