Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher McDonald and Marlon Wayans. It is based on the 1978 novel of the same name by Hubert Selby Jr., with whom Aronofsky wrote the screenplay. The film depicts four characters affected by drug addiction and how it alters their physical and emotional states. Their addictions cause them to become imprisoned in a world of delusion and desperation. As the film progresses, each character deteriorates, and their reality is overtaken by delusion, resulting in a catastrophe.

Requiem for a Dream
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDarren Aronofsky
Screenplay by
Based onRequiem for a Dream
by Hubert Selby Jr.
Produced by
  • Eric Watson
  • Palmer West
Starring
CinematographyMatthew Libatique
Edited byJay Rabinowitz
Music byClint Mansell
Production
companies
Distributed by
Release dates
  • May 14, 2000 (2000-05-14) (Cannes)
  • December 6, 2000 (2000-12-06) (United States)
Running time
102 minutes[2]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$4.5 million[3]
Box office$7.4 million[4]

Selby's novel was optioned by Aronofsky and producer Eric Watson. Selby had always intended to adapt the novel into a film, as he had written a script years prior to Aronofsky approaching him. Aronofsky was enthusiastic about the story and developed the script with Selby, despite initial struggles to obtain funding for the film's production. He and the cast speak of the film being about addictions in general, and not just drugs, with a theme of loneliness and avoidance of reality in different ways.

The film premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, selected as an out-of-competition entry, followed by the United States theatrical release on October 6, 2000, by Artisan Entertainment. It received a positive response from critics despite moderate success at the box office. The film's visual style, direction, screenplay, editing, musical score, cast, and themes were all praised, with Burstyn receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. The soundtrack was composed by Clint Mansell.


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