Opening night of Venice Film Festival

Last night Natalie Portman opened the Venice Film Festival with her movie Black Swan and stole the show.

Wearing a traditional red ball gown, with a split up the thigh, she walked the red carpet with the film’s male lead Vincent Cassel. The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky, who in 2008 won the festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion, for The Wrestler.

This year the jury is headed by Quentin Tarantino and they are expected to view 79 movies over the 11 day festival.

Speaking yesterday, the Kill Bill director said: “I love being on juries. I’ve yet to find it difficult, but I’ve always ended up being with, not like-minded, but passion-minded artists every time I’ve done it.

“I love the idea, what I love about being on the jury is, I love seeing a whole bunch of new movies from all over the world. I have no real idea about what to expect.”

Other films that are showing this year include Machete, staring Jessica Alba and Lindsay Lohan, and Sophia Coppola‘s Somewhere.

Read our previous article on The Swan for more information.

The 67th Edition of the festival will run until September 11th.

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