'Black Swan' named Venice fest opener

July 23, 2010 at 10:16 PM
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VENICE, Italy, July 23 (UPI) -- "Black Swan," a psychological thriller starring Natalie Portman and Winona Ryder, has been selected to open the Venice film festival, organizers said.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the movie is about the rivalry between two dancers at a competitive ballet company in New York.

"The cast and crew of 'Black Swan' are both excited and humbled by the selection committee's invitation," the BBC quoted Aronofsky as saying in a statement. "It is an honor to walk the great red carpet on the Lido, and we are excited to premiere our film to the wonderful audiences in Venice."

The festival is to run from Sept. 1-11.

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