It was a cultural thing—celebrating the holidays, knowing where you came from, knowing your history, having respect for what your people have been through." Aronofsky's interest in the outdoors led him to backpack his way through Europe and the Middle East.
In 1987, he entered Harvard University, where he majored in social anthropology and studied filmmaking; he graduated in 1991.
By now officially titled The Fountain, the film had a budget of $70 million, co-financed by Warner Bros.
and New Regency, which had filled the gap after Village Roadshow withdrew.
In 2010 Aronofsky was an executive producer on The Fighter and his fifth feature film, the psychological horror film Black Swan, received further critical acclaim and many accolades, being nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director and winning Best Actress for Natalie Portman's performance in the film.