Exclusive: Darren Aronofsky Declares ‘The Whale’ Is ‘The Most Hopeful Film I’ve Done’

“The most hopeful film I’ve done.” So declares Oscar Nominated director Darren Aronofsky as he spoke with SCREEN’s Dan Patton in an exclusive interview. Aronofsky was in Chicago to present his highly anticipated feature film The Whale at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Here is Patton’s full conversation with the acclaimed filmmaker…

More About The Whale and Brendan Fraser’s Oscarworthy Performance

The Whale is a American psychological drama film directed by Aronofsky, from a screenplay written by Samuel D. Hunter. The film stars Brendan Fraser, Sadie Sink, Hong Chau, Samantha Morton, and Ty Simpkins. It tells the story of a 600 lb. man who tries to reconnect with his seventeen-year-old daughter.

The Whale had its world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival in September, then made its Chicago Premiere this month at CIFF.

Brendan Fraser received a six-minute standing ovation at the World Premiere in Venice. Here is a quick clip from that emotional moment for Fraser, Aronofsky, and their team…

The powerful drama is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 9, 2022, by A24.

The Chicago International Film Festival continues through October 23rd. You can click here for showtimes and tickets.

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