VENICE (Reuters) - Darren Aronofsky's horror film mother! - about humanity's unstoppable destruction of Earth - was conceived in just five days, the US director said ahead of the world premiere on Tuesday (Sept 5).
Aronofsky, known for Black Swan (2010) and The Wrestler (2008), said at the Venice film festival that most of his movies took years to create but this was different.
He was inspired by what he saw around him and his inability to do much about it: from the United States pulling out of the Paris climate deal and an iceberg melting in the Arctic to people starving, while others live in opulence.
"I just had a lot of rage and anger, and I just wanted to channel it into one emotion, one feeling," the Academy Award nominee said.
"And in five days I wrote the first version of the script. It just sort of poured out of me."
Jennifer Lawrence plays a young wife who lives with her poet husband - Javier Bardem - in a secluded country house. While he is trying to overcome a serious bout of writer's block, she is busy restoring his family home.
Their seemingly idyllic existence starts falling apart when unexpected guests - starting with Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer - arrive at their doorstep.
Aronofsky said he wanted to build on the idea that while people may ignore what is happening on the other side of the world, they all can identify with the discomfort of someone invading their home and privacy.