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Black Swan Photo: Natalie Portman and Vincent Cassel

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Black Swan Photo: Natalie Portman and Vincent Cassel

Check out a new photo of  Natalie Portman as Nina and Vincent Cassel as Thomas Leroy in psychological thriller Black Swan.

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The film also stars Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Mila Kunis, Sebastian Stan, Ksenia Solo and Toby Hemingway.

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her retired ballerina mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) who zealously supports her daughter’s professional ambition. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Winona Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Mila Kunis), 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.

After having its world premiere at 67th Venice International Film Festival, Black Swan will be screened at the 35th Annual Toronto International Film Festival which runs September 9-19. It will then hit theaters on December 1st, 2010.

If you haven’t seen Black Swan trailer, check it out now!

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