Black Swan, a psychological thriller about the relationship between a veteran ballet dancer and a rival looking to win the same role in a ballet production, recently premiered as the opening film for the 67th Venice International Film Festival and came to Toronto for its Gala screening Monday September 13, 2010.
The film stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as ballet dancers who compete for the same part in a New York City production of Swan Lake. The production requires a ballerina to portray the two sides of the Swan Queen: the innocent and naïve White Swan and the sensual and seductive Black Swan.
Technique vs Passion
Nina (Natalie Portman) is a timid but dedicated dancer in the company. Like most ballerinas, dancing is her life an her life is comprised of nothing but ballet. A technically flawless dancer, Nina is perfect for the role of the innocent White Swan, but she lacks the passionate abandon that is needed for the other half of the role.
When a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), joins the company, she has all the sensual energy that Nina lacks. Intimidated by this power, Nina becomes obsessed with her rival and the two form an uneasy relationship where Lily tries to help Nina reveal her repressed dark side.
Portman and Kunis trained in ballet for months and notable figures from the ballet world helped to shape the ballet presentation.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky and co-starring Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey, the “R” rated movie will be playing at Roy Thomson Hall at 9:30 pm on Monday September 13. The film will have a limited release on December 1, 2010.