Black Swan - The Curzon
PUBLISHED: 12:08 24 February 2011
A PSYCHOLOGICAL thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan (15) will be shown in Clevedon from Friday.
Recently gifted with a leading actress BAFTA for her role in the film, Natalie Portman stars as Nina, member of a city ballet company whose life, like all of those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance.
She lives with her retired ballerina mother, Erica, who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition.
When artistic director Thomas Leroy decides to replace prima ballerina Beth Macintyre for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice.
But Nina has competition; a new dancer called Lily, 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.
Black Swan, also starring Vincent Cassell, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder, has been nominated for five Oscars, including best film, best actress in a leading role for Natalie Portman and best director for Darren Aronofsky.
The film will be shown at The Curzon Community Cinema from Friday until March 3.
For full viewing times visit www.curzon.org.uk or call 01275 871000.
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