I was remiss in posting this when it popped up via CHUD a few days ago -- but with The Wrestler winning the Golden Lion in Venice this week, it's as good a time as any. The buzz on this film is growing by the second, awards for Darren Aronofsky and Mickey Rourke probably wait in the wings, and all the critics who slammed poor Aronofsky as having lost his way with The Fountain are his number one fans again. (What do you bet that many people are going to change their tune on that film, claiming to have loved it all along? Whatever gets us a Criterion release.) Lacking an official trailer (though undoubtedly, we'll have one soon), here's a glimpse of the film from Venice, along with some commentary from Aronofsky and Rourke. I'm trying to figure out if Rourke is kidding or not ...

Expect more on The Wrestler from our lucky colleagues at TIFF, as the film has its public premiere on Sunday. In the meantime, you can get a preview of Clint Mansell's score over on his official MySpace.