Aronofsky's 'Black Swan' to open Venice fest

World premiere to open 67th edition of film festival

ROME -- The world premiere of "Black Swan," a psychological thriller from Darren Aronofsky set in the New York ballet community, will be the opening film for the 67th Venice Film Festival, organizers said Thursday.

The film, which has a star-studded cast that includes Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, and Winona Ryder, tells the story of Nina, played by Portman, a dancer locked in a web of intrigue with a rival dancer.

The film will screen in competition, following the Sept. 1 opening ceremony of the storied festival, which runs through Sept. 11.

"Black Swan" will be the third consecutive feature from Aronofsky to premiere in Venice. Two years ago, the 41-year-old New Yorker won the festival's coveted Golden Lion prize for "The Wrestler," starring Mickey Rourke. In 2006, his fantasy thriller "The Fountain" also screened in competition on the Lido.

"It is an honor to walk the great red carpet on the Lido and [the cast is] excited to premiere our film to the wonderful audiences in Venice," Aronofsky said in a statement.