Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969) is an American film director, screenwriter and film producer. He attended Harvard University and AFI to study both live-action and animation. 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, π, 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, Requiem for a Dream, was based on the novel of the same name written by Hubert Selby, Jr. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Ellen Burstyn's performance. After turning down an opportunity to direct Batman Begins, Aronofsky began production on his third film, The Fountain. With his fourth film, The Wrestler, both of the film's stars, Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, received Academy Award nominations. Rourke also won a Golden Globe for Best Actor and Bruce Springsteen won for Best Original Song for his title song. Aronofsky's latest film, Black Swan, received further critical acclaim and many accolades, being nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, four Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director, three Screen Actors Guild ...

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Pi (1998)

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The debut film from Darren Aronofsky in which a mathematical genius Maximilian Cohen discovers a link in the connection between numbers and reality and thus believes he can predict the future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Sean Gullette  •  Mark Margolis  •  Ben Shenkman  •  Stephen Pearlman

The debut film from Darren Aronofsky in which a mathematical genius Maximilian Cohen discovers a link in the connection between numbers and reality and thus believes he can predict the future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Sean Gullette  •  Mark Margolis  •  Ben Shenkman  •  Stephen Pearlman

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

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The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Ellen Burstyn  •  Jared Leto  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Marlon Wayans

The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Ellen Burstyn  •  Jared Leto  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Marlon Wayans

The Fountain (2006)

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Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Rachel Weisz  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Mark Margolis

Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Hugh Jackman  •  Rachel Weisz  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Mark Margolis

This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)

Kirby Dick's provocative documentary investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films, revealing the organization's underhanded efforts to control culture. Dick questions whether certain studios get ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kirby Dick
CAST:  Kimberly Peirce  •  Jon Lewis  •  David Ansen  •  Martin Garbus

Kirby Dick's provocative documentary investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films, revealing the organization's underhanded efforts to control culture. Dick questions whether certain studios get ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kirby Dick
CAST:  Kimberly Peirce  •  Jon Lewis  •  David Ansen  •  Martin Garbus

Fortune Cookie (1991)

A struggling door-to-door salesman becomes addicted to fortunes, and finds himself unable to complete a sale unless he gets a good fortune from a cookie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Stanley B. Herman  •  Dean Cleverdon  •  Robin Monroe  •  Peter Chen

A struggling door-to-door salesman becomes addicted to fortunes, and finds himself unable to complete a sale unless he gets a good fortune from a cookie.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Stanley B. Herman  •  Dean Cleverdon  •  Robin Monroe  •  Peter Chen

No Time (1994)

Darren Aronofsky's student film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Robert Dylan Cohen  •  Chas Mastin  •  Billy Portman  •  Alissa Rosen

Darren Aronofsky's student film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Robert Dylan Cohen  •  Chas Mastin  •  Billy Portman  •  Alissa Rosen

Hubert Selby Jr: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow (2006)

An exploration into the life and art of the renowned author of "Last Exit To Brooklyn" and "Requiem For A Dream." Hubert Selby Jr., a self-described "scream looking for a mouth," against all odds, reached international acclaim with his controversial novels. His is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael W. Dean  •  Kenneth Shiffrin
CAST:  Hubert Selby Jr.  •  Darren Aronofsky  •  Arthur Boyars  •  Anthony Di Novi

An exploration into the life and art of the renowned author of "Last Exit To Brooklyn" and "Requiem For A Dream." Hubert Selby Jr., a self-described "scream looking for a mouth," against all odds, reached international acclaim with his controversial novels. His is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael W. Dean  •  Kenneth Shiffrin
CAST:  Hubert Selby Jr.  •  Darren Aronofsky  •  Arthur Boyars  •  Anthony Di Novi

Noah (2014)

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A man who suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Emma Watson  •  Logan Lerman

A man who suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Emma Watson  •  Logan Lerman

Supermarket Sweep (1991)

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DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Seth Gitell  •  Sean Gullette  •  Maya Nadkarni  •  Peter A. Pappas

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DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Seth Gitell  •  Sean Gullette  •  Maya Nadkarni  •  Peter A. Pappas

Black Swan: Metamorphosis (2011)

Documentary chronicling the making of Darren Aronofsky's Academy Award-winning film 'Black Swan (2010)'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niko Tavernise
CAST:  Darren Aronofsky  •  Natalie Portman  •  Winona Ryder  •  Mila Kunis

Documentary chronicling the making of Darren Aronofsky's Academy Award-winning film 'Black Swan (2010)'.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niko Tavernise
CAST:  Darren Aronofsky  •  Natalie Portman  •  Winona Ryder  •  Mila Kunis

Black Swan (2010)

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A journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Chris Gartin  •  Mila Kunis  •  Winona Ryder

A journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Chris Gartin  •  Mila Kunis  •  Winona Ryder

The Wrestler (2008)

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Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a long-in-the-tooth stripper, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Ajay Naidu

Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a long-in-the-tooth stripper, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Evan Rachel Wood  •  Ajay Naidu

mother! (2017)

A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Javier Bardem  •  Ed Harris  •  Michelle Pfeiffer

A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Jennifer Lawrence  •  Javier Bardem  •  Ed Harris  •  Michelle Pfeiffer

Protozoa (1993)

Darren Aronofsky’s AFI short opens with angry slacker Dave sitting in a dreary, empty junkyard. Dave stares into space, sips beer, and beats the hell out of a cracked guitar. We quickly realize the emptiness of the dump parallels the emptiness of Dave’s life which ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Michael Bonitatis  •  Lucy Liu  •  Damon Whitaker

Darren Aronofsky’s AFI short opens with angry slacker Dave sitting in a dreary, empty junkyard. Dave stares into space, sips beer, and beats the hell out of a cracked guitar. We quickly realize the emptiness of the dump parallels the emptiness of Dave’s life which ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Michael Bonitatis  •  Lucy Liu  •  Damon Whitaker

Inside The Fountain: Death and Rebirth (2007)

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Darren Aronofsky's ‘The Fountain’.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niko Tavernise
CAST:  Darren Aronofsky  •  James Chinlund  •  Cliff Curtis  •  Jeremy Dawson

A behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Darren Aronofsky's ‘The Fountain’.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Niko Tavernise
CAST:  Darren Aronofsky  •  James Chinlund  •  Cliff Curtis  •  Jeremy Dawson

From Jackie to Camelot (2017)

An intimate documentary charting the production of Jackie, from ideation through execution.  (more)

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CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Pablo Larraín  •  Darren Aronofsky  •  Billy Crudup

An intimate documentary charting the production of Jackie, from ideation through execution.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Natalie Portman  •  Pablo Larraín  •  Darren Aronofsky  •  Billy Crudup

The Making of Requiem for a Dream (2001)

A dive into the production of Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama.  (more)

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CAST:  Darren Aronofsky  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Jared Leto

A dive into the production of Darren Aronofsky's psychological drama.  (more)

DIRECTION: 
CAST:  Darren Aronofsky  •  Ellen Burstyn  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Jared Leto

The Whale

In a run-down apartment in rural Idaho, surrounded by screens and food containers, a six-hundred pound recluse named Charlie doggedly and determinedly eats himself to death. As he inches closer and closer to the inevitable, his friend Liz, a cynical atheist nurse, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Brendan Fraser  •  Sadie Sink  •  Ty Simpkins  •  Hong Chau

In a run-down apartment in rural Idaho, surrounded by screens and food containers, a six-hundred pound recluse named Charlie doggedly and determinedly eats himself to death. As he inches closer and closer to the inevitable, his friend Liz, a cynical atheist nurse, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Brendan Fraser  •  Sadie Sink  •  Ty Simpkins  •  Hong Chau

Adrift

In the dead calm of the open sea, a fishing boat discovers an abandoned yacht after responding to a strange distress call. A deckhand agrees to take lone control of it while it’s towed into port, but he soon discovers why the rest of his more experienced crew ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Jared Leto

In the dead calm of the open sea, a fishing boat discovers an abandoned yacht after responding to a strange distress call. A deckhand agrees to take lone control of it while it’s towed into port, but he soon discovers why the rest of his more experienced crew ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Aronofsky
CAST:  Jared Leto

Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist (2021)

A subtle portrait of Japanese director Satoshi Kon by the specialist of Japanese cinema Pascal-Alex Vincent and a dive into a rich work. With interviews of the greatest Japanese, French and American directors inspired by his work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pascal-Alex Vincent
CAST:  Mamoru Hosoda  •  Rodney Rothman  •  Mamoru Oshii  •  Satoshi Kon

A subtle portrait of Japanese director Satoshi Kon by the specialist of Japanese cinema Pascal-Alex Vincent and a dive into a rich work. With interviews of the greatest Japanese, French and American directors inspired by his work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pascal-Alex Vincent
CAST:  Mamoru Hosoda  •  Rodney Rothman  •  Mamoru Oshii  •  Satoshi Kon
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