Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969) is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer. He has received acclaim for his often surreal, disturbing films and has been noted for frequent collaborations with cinematographer Matthew Libatique, film editor Andrew Weisblum and composer Clint Mansell. His films have generated controversy and are known for their often violent, bleak subject matter.

Aronofsky attended Harvard University, where he studied film and social anthropology, and the American Film Institute where he studied directing. He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film, ''Supermarket Sweep'', which went on to become a National Student Academy Award finalist. Aronofsky's feature debut, the surrealist psychological thriller ''Pi'', was shot in November 1997. The low-budget, $60,000 production, starring Sean Gullette, was sold to Artisan Entertainment for $1 million, and grossed over $3 million; Aronofsky won the Directing Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award for best first screenplay.

Aronofsky's followup, the psychological drama ''Requiem for a Dream'', was based on the novel of the same name by Hubert Selby, Jr. The film garnered strong reviews and received an Academy Award nomination for Ellen Burstyn's performance. After turning down an opportunity to direct an entry in the ''Batman'' film series and writing the World War II horror film ''Below'', Aronofsky began production on his third film, the romantic fantasy sci-fi drama ''The Fountain''. The film received mixed reviews and performed poorly at the box-office, but has since garnered a cult following.

His fourth film, the sports drama ''The Wrestler'', was released to critical acclaim and both of the film's stars, Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, received Academy Award nominations. In 2010 Aronofsky was an executive producer on ''The Fighter'' and his fifth feature film, the psychological horror film ''Black Swan'', received further critical acclaim and many accolades, being nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director and winning Best Actress for Natalie Portman's performance in the film. Aronofsky received nominations for Best Director at the Golden Globes, and a Directors Guild of America Award nomination. His sixth film, the biblically inspired epic ''Noah'', was released in theaters on March 28, 2014. Provided by Wikipedia

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