July 22, 2010 / 11:02 AM / 7 years ago

Thriller with Natalie Portman to open Venice fest

ROME (Reuters Life!) - “Black Swan,” a psychological thriller starring Natalie Portman as a ballerina, will open this year’s Venice film festival, organizers said on Thursday.

<p>Actress Natalie Portman arrives at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>

The film, by U.S. director Darren Aronofsky, also features Vincent Cassel and Winona Ryder and centres on the rivalry between two dancers at a ballet company in New York.

Aronofsky won Venice’s top prize, the Golden Lion, in 2008 with “The Wrestler.”

The Venice festival runs from Sept 1-11. The full line-up will be unveiled later this month.

Editing by Steve Addison

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