Coming into wide release in the US on December 22, Darren Aronofsky’s thriller “Black Swan” just got itself a brand new international poster.
In this newly released work of art Natalie Portman is pictured as White Swan rather than Black, which stared down on us from the other famous poster for the film complete with creepy makeup and bird-like lenses. In this new one Portman’s an immaculate beauty, but the crack running down her face expose the emotional battle going on inside.
To be fair, those two contrasting posters perfectly reflect the essence of the story. In it, Portman plays Nina Sayers, a ballerina in City New York ballet, whose whole life is dance. When artistic director (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace Wynona Ryder’s aging (for a dancer) prima in the next season of “Swan Lake,” he first picks Nina, but then also takes notice of Lily (Mila Kunis). The trick is that the ballet requires an actress who can play both White Swan – graceful and innocent, and Black Swan – cunning and sensual. Nina makes a great White, but Lily is simply perfect for Black. Thus Nina tries hard to dig up the darker side of herself.
Having been shown at a number of festivals already the movie has received great reviews, and Portman is largely being named the front runner for Best Actress Oscar.