Darren AronofskyThe WrestlerMickey Rourketook the top prize at Venice
After its North American premiere earlier this week at Toronto, Fox Searchlight picked up the movie for almost $4 million, a rare success story this year for the grim independent-film marketplace.
In many ways, The Wrestler is just the movie to have that success, too, with its press-ready story of two lapsed talents triumphing with an intimate underdog story of their own. Other than an ensemble part in Sin City, Rourke hasn’t had a hit in ages, and Aronofsky, who blew away the independent scene with Requiem for a Dream in 2000, moved on to years of pre-production hell to get The Fountain made only to watch it flop spectacularly when it was finally released. Now, if Fox Searchlight can come up with the right sell, The Wrestler seems a sure candidate for early Oscar attention.
There’s no trailer yet, but here’s an early look from Toronto:
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