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Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky in 2008
Born February 12, 1969 (1969-02-12) (age 41)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Film director, screenwriter & producer
Domestic partner(s) Rachel Weisz (2002-present)

Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter and film producer. He is the third American filmmaker to win the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.


Early life

Aronofsky was born in Brooklyn, New York to Abraham and Charlotte Aronofsky, both school teachers. His father taught science and was a dean at Bushwick High School. His mother is a retired public school teacher.

He graduated from Edward R. Murrow High School. He was selected to attend Camp Rising Sun, the Louis August Jonas Foundation's international summer scholarship program. He was trained as a research biologist with The School for Field Studies on a ranch in Kenya and Prince William Sound, Alaska.

Upon graduating high school, he backpacked around the Middle East and Europe for six months and, in 1987, entered Harvard University where he studied anthropology, live action film and animation. His senior thesis film, Supermarket Sweep, starred his fellow student and friend Sean Gullette. It was a finalist in the 1991 Student Academy Awards. He graduated in 1991 with honors. He received his M.F.A. degree in directing from AFI Conservatory and was honored with the institute's prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.



Mathematical genius, Maximillian Cohen, is a number theorist who theorizes that everything in nature can be understood through numbers, and that if you graph the numbers patterns will emerge. He is working on finding patterns within the stock market, using its billions upon billions of variables as his data set with the assistance of his homemade supercomputer, Euclid. It won the Directing Prize at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. It also won the Open Palm at the Gotham Awards. Aronofsky won best first screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards.

Requiem for a Dream

One of Aronofsky's favorite books is Hubert Selby Jr.'s Last Exit to Brooklyn.[citation needed] While editing π, producer Eric Watson encouraged Aronofsky to finish reading another Selby book, Requiem for a Dream, which Aronofsky had started but never completed. He was moved by the novel and wanted to film an adaptation, quickly beginning work on the script with Selby. Aronofsky delivered a relentless and disturbing movie of hopes and dreams shattered and lives laid waste by various addictions. The film premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival and was greeted by a 13 minute standing ovation. It was released in the United States in October, 2000. Ellen Burstyn was nominated for several awards including the Academy Award for best actress for her performance as Harry's widowed and lonely mother. Composer Clint Mansell's score has gone on to be one of the most recognizable scores of the decade.

The Fountain

The Fountain is a 2006 American film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. The film comprises three storylines where Jackman and Weisz play different sets of characters: a modern-day scientist and his cancer-stricken wife, a conquistador and his queen, and a space traveler who hallucinates his lost love. The storylines, interwoven with use of match cuts and recurring visual motifs, reflect the themes of love and mortality.

Aronofsky originally planned to direct The Fountain on a $70 million budget with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in the lead roles, but Pitt's withdrawal and cost overruns led to Warner Bros. shutting down production. The director rewrote the script to be sparser, and he was able to resurrect the film with a $35 million budget and Jackman and Weisz in the lead roles. Production mainly took place on a sound stage in Montreal, and the director used macro photography to create the key visual effects for The Fountain at a low cost. The film was released theatrically in the United States and Canada on November 22, 2006. It grossed $10,144,010 in the United States and Canada and $5,761,344 in other territories for a worldwide total of $15,905,354.

The Wrestler

Aronofsky directed The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke as professional wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson. The film tells the story of Robinson's decline, and eventual reentry into the pro wrestling scene. Filming began late January 2008 and wrapped two months later.[1] The Wrestler won the prestigious Golden Lion prize at the 2008 Venice Film Festival[2] (it is only the third American film to win this award in over 65 years), as well as two Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama for Rourke and Best Original Song for the song The Wrestler written and performed by Bruce Springsteen. Marisa Tomei and Mickey Rourke were nominated for Academy Awards. Rotten Tomatoes declared it the best reviewed drama of 2009.

Future projects

Aronofsky is currently in post-production on Black Swan, a psychological thriller film about rival dancers. The film stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis and is filming in New York City.[3] Aronofsky is also planning a Noah’s Ark Project[4] which he started developing before Pi, and was co-written with Ari Handel.[5] Aronofsky is also working on a film based on the February 2006 heist at the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, England. [6] Angelina Jolie is rumoured to star in an adaptation of the book Serena by Ron Rash, which would be directed by Aronofsky [7].


Year Film Role Notes
1991 Supermarket Sweep Director Student film — never distributed
1993 Fortune Cookie Director Student film — never distributed
1993 Protozoa Director Student film — never distributed
1998 π Director, Producer, Writer Winner of 1999 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay
2000 Requiem for a Dream Director, Producer, Writer
2002 Below Producer, Writer
2006 The Fountain Director, Producer, Writer, Winner of the Hampton's Sloan Prize
Best Score at World Soundtrack Awards
2008 The Wrestler Director, Producer Winner of 2008 Golden Lion award[2]
Winner of two Golden Globe Awards
Winner of three Independent Spirit Awards
2010 Black Swan Director Post-production

Personal life

Aronofsky is engaged to English actress Rachel Weisz. They began dating in 2001 and have a son, Henry Chance, born on May 31, 2006, in New York City.[8][9] The couple reside in Manhattan.


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