Darren Aronofsky is a well known American writer, director and film producer, who most recently released the biblical film Noah. His films are known for their oftentimes bleak, surreal and unsettling themes and style, pushing the boundaries of genre filmmaking.
Aronofsky studied at Harvard University and the American Film Institute where he studied directing. His senior thesis film was the short, Supermarket Sweep, won several awards, and was the National Student Academy Award finalist. He followed this up with his debut feature film, Pi, in 1997. Made for only $60,000, it was sold for $1 million and grossed over $3 million at the box office. It also won him the Best Directing Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, and set him in the big league.
He then made the psychological drama Requiem for a Dream which received critical acclaim and won an Academy Award nomination for actress Ellen Burstyn. His third film was the romantic sci-fi The Fountain, which garnered a cult following but failed at the box office.
Next up was the sports drama The Wrestler, with Mickey Rourke, which set him back on track with both lead stars receiving Academy Award nominations. In 2010 he released his fifth feature film, The Fighter, and in 2011 The Black Swan, a psychological film about ballet, won five Academy Awards.
The biblical film Noah was released in 2014 to strong reviews.
2010 Black Swan
2008 The Wrestler
2006 The Fountain
2000 Requiem for a Dream
1994 No Time (Short)
1993 Protozoa (Short)
1991 Supermarket Sweep (Short)
1991 Fortune Cookie (Short)