Red Carpet: Darren Aronofsky's 'The Whale' at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Fest

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CHICAGO – One of the buzziest films of the Awards season is “The Whale,” featuring an high-level performance by Brendan Fraser and directed by Darren Aronofsky (“Requiem for a Dream,” “The Wrestler”). The 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFFl had “The Whale” as a showcase, and Aronofsky walked the Red Carpet.

“The Whale” is the story of Charlie (Fraser), a reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity who attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter (Sadie Sink) for one last chance at redemption. “The Whale” is an intimate and captivating drama about sexuality and addiction, body and spirit, and is based on the acclaimed stage play by Samuel D. Hunter, who adapted his own work for the screen.

Director Darren Aronofsky of ‘The Whale’
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

Photographer Joe Arce and Editor Patrick McDonald were on the Red Carpet on October 15th, 2022, and captured the thoughtful auteur in all his glory. Aronofsky also held a seminar during the 58th CIFF’s “Industry Days.”

One question to director Darren Aronofsky on the Red Carpet …

The 58th Chicago International Film Festival runs through the 23rd, 2022. Click for tickets, schedules and details. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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