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‘Black Swan’ looks to hook up with a Lion

HollywoodNews.com: Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” is making a play for one of the newer trophies at the 67th Venice Film Festival, the Queer Lion.

The Queer Lion is an award which is bestowed upon a film in the Venice competition, out of competition or sidebar slots that deals with a homosexual theme or interest. A three-member jury chooses the winner and this year there are a total of seven films contending. The prize will be handed out on Sept. 10 followed by an open party.

According to the Hollywood Reporter:

In addition to “Black Swan,” Venice’s opening film this year, candidates for the prize are love triangle story “Drei” from Tom Tykwer; Francois Ozon’s camp drama “Potiche”; Antony Cordier’s “Happy Few”; “En el Futuro” from Mauro Andrizzi; Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini’s “Et in Terra Pax”; and Daniele Segre’s “Lisetta Carmi, un’animo in Cammino,” which explores the world of transvestites in Genoa.

The Venice Film Festival this year takes place Sept. 1-11. While the festival has always been one of the key events to launch award season, it has become a stronger bellwether for potential Oscar nominees. Venice was one of the first fests in recent years to catapult Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain” and Helen Mirren’s headliner “The Queen” into voters’ consciousness.

“Black Swan” will dive into U.S. theaters on December 1. Fox Searchlight is distributing. The film stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder.

Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight

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