In Venice, the stars of the film world were on the red carpet for the opening of the 67th Venice Festival. A dark psychological drama ‘Black Swan’ will open the gala.
It stars Natalie Portman who walked the red carpet, signing autographs and mingling with fans. Her co-star is French actor Vincent Cassel in the film directed by Darren Aronofsky who won the top prize at the festival two years ago.
‘Black Swan’ is the story of a troubled ballerina, played by Natalie Portman who lands the lead role but loses her grip on reality as the pressure builds on her.
The arrival of a rival dancer triggers both obsessive jealousy and sexual liberation. A steamy love scene between the actresses and elements of violence and horror make it a contrast to the clean-cut roles usually associated with Natalie Portman.
This year’s jury to determine the awards is headed by director Quentin Tarantino. Some 79 movies are expected to premiere over the festival’s 11 day run. The director said his time in Venice would be more work than play. And he will have plenty of opportunity to indulge in his passion for cinema. He and the jury will adjudicate on 23 films competing for the top prize, the Golden Lion.