The trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan has gone online and it is wonderfully terrifying. After the uplifting tragedies of The Fountain and The Wrestler, it looks like Aronofsky is returning to the hardcore psychological horror he explored in Pi and Requiem for a Dream. I have very high expectations for Black Swan and this trailer makes it look like Aronofsky is easily going to exceed them.
Hit the jump to see the trailer and hit the jump to see the poster and read the official synopsis. Black Swan will be screening at this year’s Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. It opens domestically on December 1st.
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Here’s the official synopsis for Black Swan:
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.